Man arrested, charged with arson in Ohio country club fire

MADISON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested on charges alleging he started an early morning fire that destroyed a northeast Ohio country club.

Fifty-one-year-old Paul Forner was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated arson and disrupting a public service in the March 12 fire that destroyed the Madison County Club in Lake County.

Madison police tell The News-Herald in Willoughby that Forner wasn’t an employee of the country club, but was employed by the club’s owner at a different business.

Detectives say the origin of the fire raised suspicions. They haven’t released possible motives.

The country club, which was built in 1923 and had been recently renovated, was a complete loss.

Forner remains in the Lake County Jail. It’s not clear if he has an attorney. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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