Lima woman held on suspicion of arson in house fire

LIMA — The Lima Police Department received a call Tuesday morning about a residential fire at 125 W. O’Connor in Lima.

According to a press release, after the call came in and Lima Fire units were dispatched, Patrolman Logan Patton was patrolling in the area and discovered smoke coming from the house. Patton began speaking to neighbors and learned there were several people inside the home and it was unsure if they made it out of the burning house.

Patton was able to locate two of the occupants and learned that all four occupants who were inside had made it out safely.

Further investigation revealed that Lima resident Markiesha Blackman, 29, intentionally set the house on fire. Blackman was located, interviewed by a detective and held on suspicion of aggravated arson. She was transported to the Allen County Jail.

This incident is still under investigation by Lima Fire Department Arson Investigators and a Lima Police Detective. If anyone has any additional information about this fire, please contact Fire Inspector/Arson Investigator Joe Lombardo at the Lima Police Department or Lima Police Detective Steve Stechschulte at the Lima Police Department.