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Suspect arrested, charged with arson in connection to historic Jackson Brewery fire

Dec. 15 fire took 60 firefighters over 36 hours to put out
Posted at 8:07 PM, Jan 17, 2020

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Fire Department investigators on Friday arrested and charged a man suspected of starting the Dec. 15fire in the historic Jackson Brewery building.

Andre Dargahi stands charged with aggravated arson, arson and breaking and entering. Court documents indicated his social media account data led to the discovery of his involvement in the fire.

Court documents also said "the fire was set in a manner that caused the fire to rapidly advance throughout the structure from the area of origin due to propane tanks being moved from their place of storage and placed nearby where the fire was set."

Fire officials said the age of the Jackson Brewery building, which was built in 1850, caused some problems for first responders attempting to douse the fire. The entire operation took over 36 hours before the flames were fully extinguished.

The total damage to the structure was estimated at $500,000.

Dargahi is currently in the Hamilton County Jail, and a judge Saturday set Dargahi's bond at $320,000.