IMPD seeks public’s help identifying person of interest in northeast side fires

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- IMPD Arson Detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying a person of interest in multiple fires on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

Police say they want to bring the man in for questioning. Officers said this person might be related to the two fires started on the front porch of homes in the Herron Morton neighborhood a couple weeks ago.

The first fire occurred around 2:00 a.m. on July 2 near 18th Street and North Talbott Street. The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) said two parents and their toddler heard a noise and they ran out of the house. They saw a fire on their front porch, and they used a garden hose to extinguish most of it. Fortunately, they were not injured.

Twenty minutes later, IFD responded to yet another porch fire—this one near Charlotte Place and Pennsylvania Street.

IFD said two women were travelling south on Pennsylvania in an Uber, and as they were being dropped off at their home, they saw the glow of the fire. They ran to the house and alerted the occupants. Three people evacuated, and they are okay.

Neighbors in the area are on edge because there haven't been any arrests made.

"It's scary because it could have been something a whole lot worse," Susan Feeney said. "It just makes us fearful too."

Neighbors are also urging those who live in the area to check their surveillance cameras and video-recording doorbells to see if they captured any clues that could help police make an arrest.

Anyone with information regarding this man's identity should reach out to the IMPD Arson Office at 317-327-6700 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477)

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