Man arrested in connection with fire at historic Jackson Brewery in Over-the-Rhine

Cincinnati fire investigators arrest man in connection with historic brewery fire

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Fire Department Investigation Unit says a man was arrested Friday in connection with a fire at the vacant Jackson Brewery in Over-the-Rhine.

The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2019, in the 200 block of Mohawk Street.

It took over 60 firefighters to bring the fire at the three-story building under control and more than 36 hours to extinguish.

The total damage was estimated to be over $500,000, according to a news release.

Court records show Andre Dargahi, 24, was arrested Friday on two counts of arson and one count of breaking and entering.
Court records show Andre Dargahi, 24, was arrested Friday on two counts of arson and one count of breaking and entering. (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

Capt. Dave Johnson with the Cincinnati Fire Investigation Unit says Andre J. Dargahi, 24, was arrested on one count of aggravated arson, one count of arson, and one count of breaking and entering.

The fire department did not release any information about a motive.

The criminal complaint says evidence found at the scene, as well as information on social media that was uncovered during the investigation, “indicates Andre Dargahi’s involvement with the fire.”

The complaint goes on to say, “The fire was set in a manner that caused fire to rapidly advance throughout the structure from the area of original due to propane tanks being moved from their place of storage and placed nearby where the fire was set.”

Dargahi appeared in court on Saturday and his bond was set at $320,000.

At the time of the fire, the owner of the building told Assistant Chief Thomas Lakamp that the building was under renovation.

No one was hurt.

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