Suspect in custody after suspicious apartment fire

Timothy Bowemerister (Photo: Montgomery County Jail)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A man is in custody after an apartment fire in Dayton.

Crews responded to a fire call around 2 a.m. on Monday in the 300 block of Xenia Avenue.

When firefighters arrived they found a fire on the outside of the building. That fire spread inside the apartment building, causing damage. Authorities say the fire is suspicious.

Fire officials say witnesses identified a man who may have started the fire. Witnesses pointed the man out to officers and as soon as they approached the man ran away.

According to a police report on the incident, Timothy Bowemerister was arrested at the scene, He is also a possible suspect in a string of recent fires in that area.

The police report shows this arson may have stemmed from an earlier argument.

Bowemerister was taken to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked in on charged of aggravated arson and other crimes.

Fire officials say the apartment appears to be occupied. Anyone living there won’t be able to go back in immediately due to damage caused by the fire.

No one was injured.

This fire, as well as several other recent fires, remains under investigation. 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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