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Ready to roll from Springfield Fire Headquarters on North Fountain Avenue

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


The Springfield Police Division is seeking information on these unsolved arson cases, the earliest of which occurred in 1994.

Early on Aug. 16, 1994, flames engulfed a house at 17 Miller St., Springfield, Ohio Adults dropped children from a second floor window to safety. Nine out of 10 residents survived. However, Avery Bailum, 4, hid beneath his bed where he died. Investigators listed the cause of the fire as arson. A liquid was poured on the porch and set alight. The time of the incident was 6:15 a.m.

On Aug. 13, 2002, Dennis Wade, 47, was set alight while sleeping on the porch of 423 West High St. , Springfield, Ohio. He died of his injuries on  Aug. 21. Wade said someone poured fluid on him. The time of the incident was about 4 a.m.

On May 9, 2008, fire broke out at 1805 Sweetbriar Lane South, Springfield, Ohio. Inside, firefighters found the remains of Alia Hartman, 25. Investigators ruled the death a homicide. The time of the incident was about 12:35 a.m.