Wayne Twp. fire officials hopes you’ll tell them who is setting homes on fire

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By Eric Levy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 17, 2014) -- Reward money is available for anyone who can tell detectives who set two homes on fire in Wayne Township.

The fire department isn't sure if it's the same person, or different people. According to neighbors, these are vacant homes, but they're nervous and wondering if their home will be next.

The first fire happened early Friday morning at 1024 Roena St. in the Fleming Gardens Community. Damage to that home is extensive inside. Outside, there is melted siding where fire came out from the front door. Luckily the hard work by firefighters kept it from spreading. Nearly 24 hours later, there was another arson at 632 Fleming St., that Amanda Rose lives across from.

"It was just flames everywhere, it was horrible," Rose said.

Firefighters got the call about it around 2:30 a.m. It came from Rose's house, who woke up to the fire thanks to her parrot.

"He started flying around the room, got caught in the window, and I could hear popping noises," Rose said. "I woke my mom up who called the cops."

Rose said the fire was so intense they felt the heat, and were overcome by the smoke.

"Smoke went into our living room, filled it, so we had to take our bird in to the back of the house. You could feel the heat, it felt like our yard was an oven," she said.

Neighbor Mary Gentry hopes someone is caught, and soon, because to her, the thought of an arsonist on the loose is unnerving.

"It is scary, it is. It really is," Gentry said.

There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. You can call The Wayne Twp. Fire Department at 317-247-8501 or the Indiana Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628.