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.

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