IFD rules south side semi truck fires arson, reward announced

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INDIANAPOLIS – A south side company is offering a $30,000 reward after several of their semi trucks were intentionally set on fire early Thursday morning.

“It is devastating that this intentional arson occurred on our property today. We are grateful that there were no personal injuries and for the rapid response of the fire department,” M&K Truck Center later said in a statement.  

Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) crews responded to the multiple vehicle fire at the tractor-trailer retailer located at 1401 Harding Ct. in the early Thursday morning hours. 

IFD said a total of 13 units were dispatched at 3:28 a.m., including Decatur and Wayne Townships, with the first unit arriving shortly after.

While en route, officials said heavy fire and smoke were visible for miles from I-465.

As fire, police and emergency teams arrived just off the I-465 and Harding Street exit, several loud booms were reportedly heard in the vicinity which were later confirmed to be exploding saddle tanks containing diesel fuel.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management were also sent to the scene to help with the hundreds of gallons of spilled fuel from the tanks.

According to IFD, 14 semi trucks, three dump trucks, and three other vehicles were on fire in an area behind a secured chain link fence.

One firefighter suffered a slight injury while battling the blaze, and IFD said the fire was under control at 4:23 a.m. with a few trucks still smoldering. 

Officials estimated the loss at over $1 million, and IFD/IMPD Fire Investigations ruled the fires as intentionally set.

M&K Truck Centers said, “We are working with the authorities to find the people responsible for this crime. In addition to the Crime Stoppers reward M&K Truck Centers is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the arson.”

IFD and IMPD fire investigators said they are looking for the one or more people responsible, and are working with M & K Truck Center management to gather all available information.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477), download the mobile P3tips App or submit a web tip at www.CrimeTips.org.

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