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Investigators seek help solving Liberty motel arson

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LIBERTY TWP, Ohio -

The Ohio Fire Marshal is asking the public for help in finding out who set fire to a vacant motel in Liberty Township on Wednesday.

Investigator Lindsey Burnworth tells 21 News that the fire was ruled arson because there was no electricity turned on when flames broke out at the former Budget Luxury Inn on Motor Inn Drive. She also says that the building had been unoccupied for at least two years.

Burnworth says the fire started on the first floor, then spread to six rooms and the second floor.

Firefighters from Youngstown, Girard and Brookfield were called to assist the Liberty Fire Department.  Four firefighters received medical treatment at the scene. Three suffered from heat exhaustion and one reported a knee injury.

The fire department and county have been working to have the abandoned building torn down.

According to property records, the building first opened as the Budget Luxury Inn in 1990. The most recent owner is listed as Girard Hospitality Limited Partnership, which purchased the motel in 2006.

The property is valued at more than half a million dollars. Initial damage estimates are placed at $50,000.

Anyone who might have information is asked to call the Ohio Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728.

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