A man suspected of starting a fire that destroyed a building on U.S. 36 last week is being treated at the Ohio State University Hospital Burn Center for severe burns to his legs, arms and face.
Eight fire departments and other emergency units were called to 13302 U.S. Route 36 after the Union County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 4:16 a.m. Oct. 20.
In addition to sheriff's deputies, responders included the Marysville, Allen Township, Leesburg Township, Liberty Township and Union Township, Scioto Township and Concord Township fire departments, Pleasant Valley Fire District, Delaware County EMS and the Union County Emergency Management Agency.
The building was shared by At Grade Inc., concrete contractors, and New Leaf Landscape Construction. Authorities said the fire had fully engulfed the structure by the time crews arrived.
According to information from the sheriff's office, it took about two hours to get the fire under control. There were no damage estimates available at ThisWeek's press time.
Capt. Jeff Frisch with the Union County Sheriff's Office said the suspect is not being identified at this time.
"No one has been charged yet, therefore I cannot release any names," he said.
The man was first taken to Memorial Hospital of Union County to be treated for his burns and was later transferred to the OSU Burn Center.
Officers identified the man, a former employee of New Leaf Landscape Construction, as a suspect as a result of the investigation and searched a home in the 900 block of West Fifth Street in Marysville.
According to the sheriff's office, they found $2,325 worth of items they believed were stolen from the businesses, including five weed trimmers, an air compressor, a battery charger and computer equipment. Investigators also seized a vehicle and other evidence.
The Union County Prosecutor's Office is expected to present the case to a grand jury. Potential charges include felony counts of arson, breaking and entering, vandalism and theft.