Fire and explosions rock Marion plant injuring six firefighters, deemed arson

MARION, Ind. – Six firefighters were injured in an explosion and fire at the old Thomson plant in Marion Saturday night.

On Sunday evening, authorities concluded the fire was intentionally set and there is over $250,000 worth of damage.

Authorities said there was one fire set in the north building which is a metal pole barn.

There were two other areas of origin in the south factory building . The pole barn and the south building are about 150 yards apart from each other.

The old factory building is now home to Computer Age Technology located in the 3700 block of Adams Street on Marion’s south side.

The fire call came in shortly after 6 p.m.

The first fire crews on the scene made entry to the burning building and began battling flames.

The fire broke through the roof and aerial trucks were brought in to knock those flames down. Fire officials say two tanks inside the building exploded.

Four Marion firefighters were taken to the hospital for evaluation of possible hearing loss.

A fifth firefighter was injured when he cut his hand. A volunteer firefighter was also went to the hospital.

Fire crews brought the blaze under control within two hours.

Two Marion fire investigators along with the State Fire Marshal’s office are looking into the cause of the fire.

Marion fire crews were assisted by firefighters from five area fire departments.

Firefighters did experience some problems with the water supply to the scene. All firefighters were released out of the hospital by Sunday.

Marion Fire Chief Geoff Williams recalled fighting a major fire at the same complex ten years ago.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call 765-668-4474, or the arson hotline at 1-800-382-4628

You could receive a $5,000 reward if your tip leads to an arrest and conviction.

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