Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, March 04, 2011

Suspicious fire on Harris Ave. under investigation

Following is a press release from Lt. Tom Williams with the Norwood Police Dept.:

Norwood Police in conjunction with the Norwood Fire Department are investigating a suspicious fire that occurred at 2715 Harris Ave today. Fire Units were called to that location for a fire in the first floor apartment around 11 am. The fire was apparently caused by a picture that was placed on the stove then set a flame causing minor damage. Witnesses state Joseph Ryan 42 ran out of the apartment yelling for residents to get out because the building was going to blow up. No one was injured as a result of the fire.

Moments after fire units arrived on Harris Ave, Joseph Ryan then apparently fell or jumped off the Beech Ave overpass on to E/B SR 562 below. This was less than a block from the site of the fire. Mr. Ryan sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries as a result.

The incident is still under investigation.