FOSTORIA — A Fostoria woman allegedly used a railroad flare to start a Memorial Day fire that destroyed a Fostoria home and killed two people inside, according to court documents.
Shey L. Weiker, 31, and Charles V. Schaeffer, 44, both of 151 Taft Blvd., and Timothy D. Hall, 20, of 126 Findlay St., are accused of starting the fire at 614 S. Poplar St. shortly before 3 a.m. Monday. The blaze killed Daniel Marker Jr., 48, who lived in the house, and Tara Lynn Vance, 44.
Dana Weatherall, 49, escaped the fire and was taken by ambulance to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, then to a Toledo hospital. According to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records, she was initially placed in a medically-induced coma.
Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said Det. Shilo Frankart planned to interview Weatherall at the hospital on Wednesday.
Frankart, along with the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, are spearheading the investigation into the alleged arson.
The three suspects were arrested Monday.
Weiker allegedly threw a lit railroad flare toward the porch of the South Poplar Street residence, records at Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court state. She is being held on four counts of aggravated arson, two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder and one count of tampering with evidence.
According to court records, Schaeffer allegedly instructed Weiker in how to activate and use the railroad flare. He is being held on four counts of complicity to commit aggravated arson, two counts of complicity to commit aggravated murder and one count of complicity to commit attempted aggravated murder.
Hall is accused of disposing of evidence. According to court records, he allegedly disposed of the flare’s strike cap by throwing it into the sewer system in the 100 block of Taft Boulevard. He is being held on four counts of complicity to commit aggravated arson, two counts of complicity to commit aggravated murder, one count of complicity to commit attempted aggravated murder and one count of complicity to tampering with evidence.
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