Teen killed in Lima arson fire, suspect arrested


By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



Lima Fire Department firefighter brings a ladder to help a woman down from a roof on West Circular Street early Saturday morning.

Lima Fire Department firefighter brings a ladder to help a woman down from a roof on West Circular Street early Saturday morning.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Fire was heavy in the back of the duplex, which was vacant on one side.

Fire was heavy in the back of the duplex, which was vacant on one side.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

LIMA — A 14-year-old boy is dead after an arson fire early Saturday morning in Lima, and a man has been arrested for starting the fire.

According to Greg Kirkendall with the Lima Fire Department and a news release from the Lima Police Department, the boy was found unresponsive in a second-floor bedroom of a duplex at 124-128 W. Circular St. after the fire was reported at 4:45 a.m. Saturday. He was taken to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. His name was not released.

Jervon Fernandez-Wesley, 18, was in custody by Saturday afternoon at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated arson. He is accused of intentionally setting the fire.

When crews arrived, they found fire and heavy smoke coming from the duplex and a woman on the roof of the house. There were six people inside when the fire started, and firefighters were alerted to that.

The woman on the roof was rescued and taken to Mercy Health-St. by Lima police for treatment of smoke inhalation.

It’s believed the fire started in the vacant side of the duplex.

Damage is listed at $36,700 to the home and contents.

The Lima and Shawnee fire departments fought the fire. Lima police are assisting in the investigation, and anyone with information should call 419-227-4444.

Lima Fire Department firefighter brings a ladder to help a woman down from a roof on West Circular Street early Saturday morning.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/08/web1_house-fire-RP-001-1.jpgLima Fire Department firefighter brings a ladder to help a woman down from a roof on West Circular Street early Saturday morning. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Fire was heavy in the back of the duplex, which was vacant on one side.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/08/web1_house-fire-RP-010-1.jpgFire was heavy in the back of the duplex, which was vacant on one side. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Sam Shriver

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