For Immediate Release
ATF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information on Parma Fire
CLEVELAND – Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the individual(s) responsible for setting fire to St. Anthony of Padua Elementary School in Parma, Ohio. ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest, and successful prosecution of the individual(s) responsible for this fire. This is potentially in addition to rewards already announced by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee and Crime Stoppers.
On February 19, at approximately 10:00 a.m., maintenance personnel reported a fire in the basement of the school, located at 6800 State Road, Parma, Ohio, causing approximately $1,000,000 in damage to the building. The fire was determined to be deliberately set.
ATF is assisting the Parma Police Department and the Parma Fire Department with the investigation.
Anyone having information about this incident should contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477). Individuals may also email ATFTips@atf.gov, or contact ATF through its website at www.atf.gov/contact/atf-tips. Tips may also be submitted to ATF using the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.
Tipsters may also call the State Fire Marshal’s tip line at 800-589-2728, CrimeStoppers of Cuyahoga County at 216-252-7463 or Parma Police Detective Marc Karkan at 440-887-7322.
ATF is the federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for investigating fires and crimes of arson. More information about the ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov or follow @ATFColumbus on Twitter for ATF news in Ohio and southern Indiana.