Indianapolis woman charged with arson of near west side home
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A woman has been arrested on arson charges after investigators say she intentionally set fire to a near west side home where she was staying.
Along with three counts of arson, 50-year-old Tracy Jones is being charged with endangerment and causing damage to others’ property over $5,000.
The fire was reported on Jan. 7 at a home in the 1300 block of Oliver Avenue, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department. Jones’ arrest came after a lengthy investigation with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Crews arrived at the home around 3:48 p.m. after receiving a call from a neighbor. After an “aggressive offensive attack and search,” IFD said the fire was marked under control at 3:58 p.m.
Jones was staying at the home with her grandchildren. Her half-brother told investigators he’d let Jones and the grandchildren stay with his family so she could get back on her feet. No one was hurt in the fire, but the family Jones was staying with was displaced, along with Jones and her two grandchildren.
The family had rented the home for nearly three years and ended up homeless for two months after the fire.
Battalion Chief Scott McCarty estimated the fire caused about $30,000 in damage.
The IFD/IMPD Fire Investigations Section has investigated 121 fires (97 structure & 24 vehicle) and made 11 arrests for the crime of arson so far this year.