Investigators have ruled a Painesville Township fire that damaged a strip club as arson. Fortunately, the Painesville Township Fire Department said that the blaze did not hurt anyone after it broke out early on Monday at Just Teazin Gentleman's Club on North Ridge Road near Fairport Nursery Road.
The investigators have not disclosed how they determined that the fire was arson. However, evidence revealed that someone broke into the building and started the fire, Painesville Township Assistant Fire Chief Frank Huffman said.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation sent the evidence to its crime lab for testing, as revealed by Fire Chief Frank Huffman.
A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Lake County Sheriff's Office is offering for information on the arson and three others that have happened in the last year.
A report unveiled by the sheriff’s office said that the investigators have not found a substantial reason to believe that there’s a relationship that exist between the four arsons.
The other three fires had no injuries that were reported, they happened on Nov. 11, 2016 at a vacant clubhouse at the Fairway Pines Golf Course in Painesville Township; on Aug. 9 at Thirsty Cactus Bar in Perry; and on Sept. 20 at Cottage Gardens Nursery in Perry Township.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office detective bureau is urging anyone with information on the incidents to call them at 440-350-5521 or 440-350-5533.