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Fire department promotes Arson Awarness Week, asks public for tips

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The county’s top fire investigators stood in front of a burned out home as they promoted arson awareness week. Investigators say the home at 1022 Udell Street was intentionally set on fire and the crime remains unsolved. Reward posters have been put up around the neighborhood asking for tips to solve arson cases like the one on Udell Steet.

The Indianapolis Fire Department wants to remind residents about Arson Awareness Week, running May 4th through the 10th. Firefighters responded to 264 arsons from January to October of 2012.

“What we need to do is engage the community and continue to make them aware that it is a serious issue, it’s not something that we take lightly and we need to make sure that everybody stay engaged and everybody does their part,” said Capt. Rita Reith

Fire officials encourage people to report any arson related tips at Crime Stoppers 317-262-TIPS. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the felony arrest of anyone responsible for setting an arson fire. Callers can remain anonymous.