A man has been accused of trying to burn down a Springfield business.

Man accused of trying to burn down Springfield business

A Springfield man was arrested last month on an arson charge after he was accused of trying to burn down a building on East Main Street.

Edwin Emrich, 44, was arrested by Springfield police Nov. 23 morning after they alleged he lit a fire under the awning of Quality Smokes, 2160 E. Main Street. He pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $1,000. He’s next scheduled to appear in Clark County Municipal Court on Jan. 11 for pre-trial.

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An officer at the scene saw residents trying to put out a fire in a trash can.

“One of the individuals was dragging a trash can from in front of the fire attempting to put it out with the assistance of a female assisting him with a water bottle spraying water on the fire,” the report says.

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Police say they received cell phone video allegedly showing Emrich starting the fire.

“An officer collected the suspect’s lighter and photographed the scene,” the report says.

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