MADISON TOWNSHIP — State and local fire officials have declared the April 27 fire at Medvec’s Place an arson, Madison Fire District Chief Walter Zilke said Thursday.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is leading the investigation into the fire. The evidence that has been collected from the scene and tested, points to suspicious activity, Zilke said. He would not release details as to how the fire was started or where it originated.

Officials do not have any suspects in the arson.

Firefighters were called to Medvec’s Place, 5492 S.h Madison Road, at 12:55 a.m. to find the local landmark fully engulfed in flames. The restaurant and bar have been in the community for more than 60 years. Nine fire departments from three counties responded to the scene and fought the blaze for five hours, according to reports. No one was in the building at the time of the fire, but the fire tripped the burglar alarm, alerting emergency crews to the fire.

The building was owned by Baron Medvec.

The investigation into the blaze is ongoing and is being handled by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Madison Fire District and Madison Township Police, Zilke said.

Anyone having any information regarding the fire is being asked to contact the fire department (440 428-1522), State Fire Marshal’s Office (1-888-589-2728) or Madison Township Police (440 428-2116). A reward of up to $7,000 is being offered to anyone having any information.

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