INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Fire crews battled flames at the abandoned I-70 Mobile Home Park Friday morning. Wayne Township Fire Department officials say three trailers are on fire. The cause is suspicious and a fire investigations unit is at the scene.
This comes just two weeks after residents were forced to leave their homes.
The mobile home park is at the center of a lot of controversy. The Marion County Health Department got involved in December after receiving complaints about trash and debris.
The State Department of Health eventually issued an order for the park to be cleaned.
Residents were ordered to vacate the property, and a big legal battle ensued.
The deadline to move out was just two weeks ago.
The nearby Dairy Queen owner wants the mobile home park cleaned up as soon as possible.
"Every day it becomes more of a problem because the people in the community; the homeless they all want to live there or take stuff," Owner Neal Jacobs said.
Wayne Township FD says they have had several incidents involving squatters at the park, and this is the third fire since the closure.
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A hearing for cleanup between the Marion County Health Department and the property owners is scheduled for March 11th.
A spokesperson for the health department says the demolition and removal of the trailers is the responsibility of the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services with the City of Indianapolis.
They say The Department of Public Safety would handle the investigation or prevention of the arson fires.