investigators identify persons of interest for setting vacant house
Myers KOKOMO – The Kokomo Fire
Department is investigating what it believes to be arson at four vacant
houses in the city, two of which investigators believe could be
The four fires, all of
which took place last week, happened at 727 E. Walnut St., 935 E.
Walnut St., 1300 S. Locke St. and 1819 S. Lafountain St. Each home was
vacant. Their conditions varied between poor and still inhabitable.
“We’ve got a couple
persons of interests, and believe it or not, I don’t think they’re all
related,” said Fire Chief Nick Glover. “I think one of them is an
isolated incident, and I think a couple of the others, especially the
ones on Walnut Street, are probably started by the same people.”
Glover said investigators
have not yet determined motives behind the fires, but that
investigators were led to the persons of interest through witness
investigation is ongoing and will likely evolve in coming days, he
“We’ve got some people
that we’re going to be talking to and take it from there,” said Glover.
“The main reason that I’m
connecting the two on Walnut is geographically-based. We do have a
person that some of the witnesses have kind of keyed us onto in that
general area,” he added later.
Glover declined to
specify which vacant house fire has led investigators to a second
person of interest, but said it's doubtful the other homes are related
to the fires on Walnut Street.
“I guess it’s not out of
the realm of possibility that this person could be traveling from one
end of town to the other, but it’s just not typical,” he said.
George Myers can be
reached at 765-454-8585, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
on Twitter @gpmyerskt.