Ohio resident arrested for starting fire at O.C. home

A Youngstown, Ohio, man has been arrested for intentionally starting a fire this month at an Oil City home.

Oil City police said Clifton Darryll Smith, 43, was involved in a dispute with the owner of the residence at 51 Wyllis St. just before 3 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10. Police say Smith started a fire at the home during the dispute.

Oil City police chief Bob Wenner said Wednesday the two individuals knew each other “casually.”

The fire damaged the second floor and the attic and caused water damage to the first floor, according to Oil City fire chief Steve Hinds. The state police fire marshal considered the structure to be a total loss.

All three residents of the two-story wood frame home were able to evacuate and weren’t injured. One Oil City firefighter was treated and released at UPMC Northwest after suffering minor injuries.

The investigation is still continuing as to how Smith started the fire.

Smith is being charged with aggravated arson, risking or causing a catastrophe and reckless endangerment, along with other similar charges.

He was arraigned before district judge Andrew Fish and lodged in the Venango County jail after failing to post $250,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Feb. 10 in Venango County Central Court.