Police: Man who jumped from overpass may have started fire at brother's apartment

NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - Police say a man who either fell or jumped from an overpass on the Norwood Lateral may have started a fire at his brother's home moments before the incident.

Just before 11 a.m., Norwood firefighters were called to the 2700 block of Harris Avenue for a reported apartment fire. Firefighters were advised en route of the possibility of natural gas in the apartment.

Norwood Fire units arrived on scene and located a small fire in the kitchen of first floor apartment. The fire was caused by a picture that was placed on the stove then set on fire.

An occupant from the apartment stated his brother had set a fire in the kitchen, then fled the building. As he fled, he told a neighbor that there was going to be an explosion caused by the fire in his apartment with a natural gas leak. No one was injured in the fire.

While still on the scene of the fire, Norwood Fire and EMS units were dispatched to the eastbound side of the Norwood Lateral on a report that a 42-year-old Joseph Ryan had jumped from the Beech Avenue overpass on to Eastbound SR 562 below, which is less than a block from the site of the fire.

Investigators determined Ryan was the same person who had set the fire. He was taken to University Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The eastbound side of the Norwood Lateral at the 2.3 mile marker was shut down for about a half and hour while police investigated.

The incident is still under investigation.

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