IFD: Family Dollar fire was arson

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 29, 2016)- Investigators believe arson is to blame for a fire that caused $500,000 in damages.

Thursday around 5:45 p.m., customers inside the Family Dollar off Shadeland Ave. alerted a manager about the fire.  She used two fire extinguishers to try to put out the fire, but the fire was just too powerful. The manager told everyone to get out.

All six people escaped.  Firefighters quickly got the fire under control and realized the fire wasn’t an accident. It was arson.

“(I) had no idea that anybody would do anything like that, that’s crazy. There are a lot of people that shop here. A lot of people that live around here depend on this store so that’s kind of messed up that that would happen,” said Corey Jefferson, a witness.

The store was closed all day on Friday while workers did repairs.

“(It) seems to be that it was a sad thing to do. This is a neighborhood store,” said James Hayden, a Family Dollar customer.

The store has surveillance cameras outside and inside the store.  Investigators are going through footage, looking for clues to help track down the arsonist.

“Hopefully they catch the person that did it,” said Corey Jefferson.

No word on when the Family Dollar will reopen.  Investigators are asking anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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