IFD says 3 fires intentionally set within 15 minutes

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INDIANAPOLIS – A series of arsons kept Indianapolis firefighters busy overnight.

IFD said crews responded to three house fires in the span of just 15 minutes. All were within a two-mile radius of each other.

Crews were dispatched to the first arson at 10:28 p.m. at 1017 Eugene St. IFD reported heavy smoke and fire at the two-story home.

“It was like 10:25 or 10:30 I saw a bunch of smoke and fire,” said Kameron Cooper. “I mean it was up in smoke. It was pretty crazy.”

Kameron Cooper doesn’t live in the neighborhood but is renovating a home right next door. His property wasn’t damaged and he was surprised by the fire because he’d toured the vacant home just hours earlier.

“Renew Indy owns this house. I was inside 12 hours before it was set on fire because they had an open house,” said Cooper.

Just four minutes later, IFD was called to another fire at a vacant home on the same street. Fire was showing from the back of the home at 976 Eugene St. It took just a few minutes for crews to get that fire under control.

Eleven minutes later, firefighters were dispatched to a third arson at 38th and Kenwood. Crews reported heavy fire and smoke showing. That fire was under control by 11:18 p.m.

IFD said about 100 firefighters were involved in the various calls. All three fires were intentionally set.

“I think people are bored and they’re acting stupid to be honest with you. I don’t know why someone would want to set a house on fire,” said Cooper.

A fourth fire happened at M-and-K trucking on the south side.

At least a dozen commercial trucks went up in flames and several others suffered significant damage as several tanks exploded.

Investigators also ruled it was arson, although it’s not clear if the crime involves the same suspects at the house fires.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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