Fire in Monroe being investigated as arson

Posted by Amber Jenkins - email

MONROE, OH (FOX19) -- Monroe Police are investigating a suspicious fire that occurred Saturday evening.

A short time before 4:30pm, Monroe Police Officer Matt Rykoskey had contact with Jayson Banks and dropped him off at his home, located at the 800 block of south Main Street.

The officer noticed heavy black smoke coming from the front door as Banks entered the home. Officer Rykoskey yelled for him to come back out of the house. Banks told Rykoskey that his sister was inside.

Officer Rykoskey attempted to go inside the house, but was drawn back because of the heat and smoke.

When asked how the fire may have started, Jayson banks was hesitant, then told police that he was cooking. When asked was it meth that he was cooking he replied yes.

After fire crews arrived Banks told officials that he was not cooking meth when asked again and appeared to be disoriented and confused. Banks also gave several officers conflicting stories. He was transported to Atrium Hospital where he is being held for observation.

Officer Rykoskey was also transported to Atrium Hospital where he was treated and released for smoke inhalation. he was back on duty shortly after being released.

The Fire Chief reports that the fire is suspicious in nature and is being investigated as arson.

So far, no charges have been filed.

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