Scioto County man arrested in arson case

March 9, 2019

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau has arrested a Scioto County man in connection with an arson on Feb. 28, according to a news release.

Ernie L. Harr, 45, of West Portsmouth, was charged last week with one count of arson and taken to the Scioto County Jail. He is charged with causing a fire in the early-morning hours of Feb. 28. He is a suspect in seven other fires, according to the release.

The fires are being investigated by the state fire marshal’s office, the Portsmouth Fire Department, the Portsmouth Police Department and the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office.