Wooster man charged with arson after two-alarm fire injures four

WOOSTER, Ohio - A Wooster man is locked up after he allegedly caused a two-alarm fire that sent four people to the hospital, including an officer.

Firefighters said John Howland, 22, was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated arson.

At around 3:43 a.m. on June 8 crews were dispatched to a report of house fire at 804 Nold Ave.

Firefighters said two officers were first on the scene, when a man escaped through a first-floor window. The man told them that other people were trapped inside.

While surrounded in heavy black smoke, the two officers leaned into the house through a floor window and guided a second person to safety.

Firefighters then arrived on scene and began searching the inside of the home.

A third occupant, a woman, was found lying on the first floor, barely breathing, firefighters said.

Crews rescued pulled her from the burning house and resuscitated her. Firefighters said she had suffered second and third-degree burns to her body.

All three occupants were transported to the hospital to be treated. An officer was also transported for smoke inhalation. Their conditions are not available at this time.

Wooster police, firefighters and the state fire marshal said a comprehensive investigation into this fire led to the arrest of Howland.

Howland appeared in Wayne County Municipal Court on Monday. His bond was set at $50,000.

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