$30,000 Reward Offered After Arsonist Set Semi-Trucks Ablaze at Indiana Dealership
Indianapolis, IN – Indiana authorities determined a massive fire at an Indianapolis semi-truck dealership on Thursday morning was intentional and the dealer is now offering a $30,000 reward in the case.
Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) crews responded to M&K Truck Centers located at 1401 Harding Ct. in Indianapolis at 3:28 a.m. on Thursday.
Upon arrival, crews battled an inferno as more than a dozen semi-trucks and other vehicles were ablaze.
The heavy fire and smoke could reportedly been seen for miles along Interstate 465.
Multiple local news outlets reported witnesses heard a number of explosions, which IFD later confirmed were diesel fuel tanks.
By 4:23 a.m. IFD firefighters had successfully contained the blaze.
However, 14 semi-trucks, three dump trucks, and three other vehicles were damaged or destroyed.
Thankfully, only one firefighter reported non-life threatening injuries.
Initial reports by investigators estimate the total damages to be in excess of $1 million.
Further investigation by both IFD and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s (IMPD) Fire Investigation Unit led authorities to deem the incident arson.
M&K Truck Centers issued a statement in response.
“It is devastating that this intentional arson occurred on our property today,” M&K said. “We are grateful that there were no personal injuries and for the rapid response of the fire department.”
Additionally, M&K said they are offering a hefty reward to bring to justice the person(s) responsible.
“We are working with the authorities to find the people responsible for this crime. In addition to the Crime Stoppers reward M&K Truck Centers is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the arson.”
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor new developments in the case.