Three weekend fires under investigation for arson

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Three fires took place late Saturday night and now officials are gathering evidence in an arson investigation.

It began when crews responded to a fire at a warehouse on 1702 Maple Avenue around 11:40 Saturday night.

Due to the large structure extra crews were sent to contain the fire, having no idea they would need to split up within a few hours.

“We was there for approximately three hours or so before we got a second report of a fire here at the 2300 block of 1st Avenue,” said Terre Haute Deputy Fire Marshal Josh Cottrell.

A vacant home at 2300 1st Avenue was set on fire on the top floor causing the entire first and second story to burn.

But 2300 wasn’t the only vacant home set ablaze on the avenue.

“When we arrived on scene here we noticed there was smoke coming from a second house on 1st Avenue and it’s about a half a block away from the 2300 block here,” said Cottrell. “So we split the crews farther then so we could attack both fires at the same time.”

The cause of the warehouse fire is still unknown.

The 2300 house has several points of origin on the second floor, meaning multiple fires were set.

Cottrell says the fire at 2334 1st Avenue was set in the basement, “A book shelf was caught on fire.”

None of the structures were hooked up to any utilities and no one was hurt in the fires.

Officials haven’t linked the three together, but the two homes catching fire within a block of each other is cause for suspicion.

“It looks like it was the same person who did it,” said Cottrell. “So we did talk to some witnesses who saw two people came from this structure down the ally to the second structure right before the fire crews got there.”

If anyone has any information regarding the three arsons please contact Crime Stoppers or the Terre Haute Fire Department.
 

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