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Arrests Made in Mount Vernon, Ohio Fire.

ATF assists state and local fire and law officials in the investigation

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Law enforcement authorities arrested two Mount Vernon, Ohio juveniles late yesterday for the Memorial Day blaze that destroyed the former PPG Plant at 10 Pittsburg Ave. The blaze caused more than $2.75 million in damage according to fire department estimates.

The arrests were announced today by David Barber, Knox County Sheriff, Gerald Robinson, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal and Christopher Sadowski, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

"The arrests of these two juveniles are the result of a total team effort. I could not be prouder of the Knox County deputies, ATF agents and deputy State Fire Marshal involved," said David Barber, Knox County Sheriff. "I hope this effort will allow the community to rest easy tonight."

Tuesday, approximately 15 ATF agents from Cleveland and Columbus along with Knox County Juvenile probation officers joined in the investigation assisting the Knox County Detective Bureau and the deputy State Fire Marshal conducting the investigation.

"Arson crimes strike at the very heart of a community and bringing those responsible to justice is a top priority for us," said Chris Sadowski of ATF. "Our mutual aid agreement with the State Fire Marshal is definitely enabling us to better serve the citizens of Ohio."

"Bringing enough trained manpower to get the job done is an important first step in any investigation. Working together once you get there is even more important. I am very proud of everyone's effort on this case," said Robinson.

The office of Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher will be handling the prosecution of this case.

Each of the juveniles will have a hearing today before James Ronk, Knox County Juvenile Court Judge, when a preliminary decision will be made concerning detention.

Sheriff Barber also expressed appreciation for the assistance of the Mount Vernon Fire Department and Police Department, Knox County Juvenile Probation Department, Emergency Management Agency and the Knox County Health Commissioner all of which made significant contributions to this investigation.
 Contacts: ATF: Senior Special Agent Patrick Berarducci
 (614) 496.4518
 Knox County: David Barber, Sheriff
 (740) 393.6800



Contact: Senior Special Agent Patrick Berarducci of ATF, +1-614-496-4518; or David Barber, Sheriff of Knox County, +1-740-393-6800

Web site: http://www.atf.gov/
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