SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Evidence suggests a fire at a commercial building in Sullivan Monday may have been intentional, according to authorities.
Crews responded early Monday morning to the fire at the former Bodine Law office next to the fire department and city hall. Later, state fire marshals were called to investigate.
According to David Hosick, public relations director for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the building was vacant with no working utilities.
The fire destroyed the historic building that was to be a part of Sullivan’s downtown revitalization project. Surrounding businesses and goverment offices, such as Followell Law, Followell Real Estate and the Sullivan Community Corrections buildings, also suffered structural damage as a result of the fire.
Hosick said anyone with information regarding the fire should call the Indiana Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628. Callers may receive an award of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Callers are not required to provide their name.
The Carlisle-Haddon Fire Department, Thunderbird Fire Protection Territory, Shelburn Fire Department and Honey Creek Fire Department also responded and assisted with extinguishing the fire.