Area fires under investigation

More than three fires in a Greenwood community during the past few months are under investigation.

Last week, firefighters were called to fires at a vacant mobile home and a shed in Greenwood Estates on the same day, and investigators are looking at whether those could be connected with other fires, including a vehicle fire in April and a few smaller trash fires since.

Fire and police investigators are looking for information from the public who may have seen anything suspicious in the mobile home community off U.S. 31 and Stop 18 Road, Greenwood Fire Chief Darin Hoggatt said.

Investigators suspect the fires are related partially due to their location, with them all being within the same community, he said. They also have people of interest they would like to speak with, and a homeowner has shared surveillance video with investigators of one of last week’s fires, he said.

The investigation is going on at the same time officials are looking into a house fire in New Whiteland earlier this week that destroyed a vacant home and damaged a neighboring home. Officials do not suspect that fire is related to the ones in Greenwood, but also are seeking information from the public, New Whiteland Fire Chief Derek Wilson said.

So far, damage from the Greenwood fires has been mostly minor, including to the shed and vacant home on July 28. The vehicle fire in April caused more damage, he said.

“Our concern always is life and safety of residents or firefighters,” Hoggatt said.

Investigators want to hear from residents and anyone else who may have seen anything suspicious or out of place in the community, such as people walking in areas they shouldn’t be, he said.

Or if people have put out a small fire that seemed minor, he still wants them to report it, Hoggatt said.

If anyone has any information that can help with the investigation, they are asked to call the fire department at 317-882-2599 or police department at 317-882-9191, he said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.