Torched IMPD cruiser among string of Wednesday morning fires

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INDIANAPOLIS (June 18, 2014) – Indianapolis firefighters had their hands full with a series of fires just minutes apart Wednesday morning, including one that torched an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department car.

The first incident happened around 5:37 a.m. in the 8600 of Maze Road, where a two-story home caught fire. Crews had that fire out in about ten minutes. Damage was estimated at $8,000, and IFD investigators said it may have been electrical in nature. The fire destroyed a wooden deck.

About ten minutes later, IFD crews responded to an apartment fire in the 8400 block of Woods Edge Drive. That fire was contained to a storage shed behind the apartment building. Crews reported seeing heavy smoke when they arrived. Damage was estimated at $5,000.

Just before 6:05 a.m., crews responded to an arson in the 2300 block of North Webster. Crews had the fire under control in about ten minutes. Damage was estimated at $2,000.

Just before 6:30 a.m., IFD crews were dispatched to their fourth fire of the morning—another case of arson. IFD said someone torched an IMPD squad car in an officer’s driveway on the north side. It took firefighters about five minutes to get it under control.

No one was hurt and no residents were displaced in any of the fires, IFD said. Anyone with information about the arson cases should call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS or text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).