Investigators seek tips in connection with arson that injured firefighter

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INDIANAPOLIS – Arson investigators are looking for tips in connection with the fire that injured Indianapolis Fire Department Private Chris McGrone.

In the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 16, IFD crews arrived at 1513 and 1515 N. Columbia Ave. to find the double residence on fire. During the effort to put out the flames, McGrone’s mask was knocked away from his face, and he suffered from smoke inhalation.

McGrone was placed in a medically-induced coma to ease his recovery; the department said he was alert and talking Monday after his breathing tube was removed. His condition is being carefully monitored.

Investigators said someone intentionally set the fire that injured McGrone. Crime Stoppers is now offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the arson.  An IMPD source told Fox59 News that detectives believe the house was the site of illegal gambling otherwise known as a “pea shake” house.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-847 7(TIPS) or 800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can also text “INDYCS” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or submit tips at the Crime Stoppers website. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000 if the information leads to a felony arrest. Only tips submitted directly and anonymously to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards.

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