INDIANAPOLIS–A fire at a vacant church on the west side of Indianapolis Wednesday morning was intentionally set, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department.
It happened at 298 N. Elder around 3:30, which is not far from the Indianapolis Zoo near the intersection of N. Belmont Avenue and W. Michigan Street. Now police officers and firefighters are trying to find whoever is responsible for setting the church on fire.
“The neighbors were reporting that they had seen some people going in and out of the structure. They also reported that the structure had been vacant for quite some time,” says Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith.
If you have any type of surveillance system on your home, Reith says you can be of help.
“They’re also asking anyone who lives in the neighborhood that might have a video system on their home, maybe a security system or a doorbell of some kind that has video to review that for them,” says Reith.
Reith says firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to that church, so it wouldn’t spread to other homes in the area. No one was in the church when the fire happened.
Nobody was hurt or killed. The fire was put out around 5:45.
If you have any information, be sure to call Crimestoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).
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