City of Sullivan still looking for answers 1 year after downtown fire

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SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — One year after a fire halted a historic preservation project, the City of Sullivan is still looking for answers related to the incident.  

Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the suspicious fire that broke out in the early morning hours in the city, destroying a historic downtown building and heavily damaging others.

To date, investigators with the Indiana State Fire Marshal continue to gather evidence. 

“A year has come and gone; however, the City, in partnership with the State Fire Marshal, continues to look for answers,” Mayor Clint Lamb said. “We are grateful for the Marshal’s efforts to bring justice to the incident.”  

Anyone with information regarding the fire should call the Indiana Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628. Callers are not required to provide a name. An award of up to $5,000 is available for information that leads to an arrest or conviction. 

Despite the loss of some historic downtown buildings, Lamb said the city is continuing its revitalization efforts.

A property at 106 W. Washington Street was demolished last month after it was deemed unsalvageable due to age and water damage; however, Lamb noted the open lots now provide space for future projects and investments while in proximately to renowned buildings.  

“Historic preservation is vast in Sullivan due to our rich history,” he said. “It’s always unfortunate when you have to part with a structure, especially ones that have been around much longer than any of us. Our administration will continue to be focused on restoring life back to the heart of our community.”  

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