Salem fire suspect appears in court

LISBON — Denying the allegations against him, one of two teens believed involved in a fire which destroyed the former Salem China factory buildings appeared for arraignment in Columbiana County Juvenile Court on Wednesday.

K. Bret Apple, an assistant county prosecutor at juvenile court, confirmed the 17-year-old Lisbon boy appeared in court with his attorney issuing a denial, which is similar to a not guilty plea in other courts. The charges he faces are arson and breaking and entering.

Apple said following the denial, an additional hearing was scheduled for the boy.

According to court documents from juvenile court filed by Salem Detective Brad Davis, the boy is accused of lighting multiple items on fire, which led to a complete loss of the property on Nov. 28. The fire was visible for miles and required the response of multiple area fire departments and more than 1.2 million gallons of water.

The blaze reportedly started when the boys were in a building full of paper at the property currently owned by Church Budget Envelope Co.

A second 17-year-old Lisbon boy is expected to appear for his arraignment hearing on Friday. Apple said on Wednesday he is continuing to review the information provided by investigators as he determines the appropriate charge or charges which are appropriate to file against the second boy.