The Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for torching a Masury home on Dec. 4, said Andy Ellinger, spokesman for the state fire marshal.

“I can confirm that fire has been ruled arson,” Ellinger said Jan. 19. “Investigators with the Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau are working in conjunction with Brookfield Police and Fire Departments in the ongoing investigation.”

Anyone who has information on the fire can call the state fire marshal’s tip line at 800-589-2728.

Firefighters from eight departments battled this blaze, which started in the back of the vacant, two-story house at 8238 Roberts Street, said Brookfield Fire Chief David Masirovits.

The fire caused “pretty heavy” damage, and also damaged the exterior of the house next door at 18 Roberts, he said.

Both houses were damaged in an arson fire in October 2019 that started at 18 Roberts.