August home fire was arson; officials don’t know who did it

An arson investigation in New Whiteland has been closed, after fire and police officials have been unable to turn up any suspects.

A vacant home at 1114 Ashland Ave. caught fire overnight in August. Families in two adjacent houses escaped unharmed, though one of the houses had melted siding, along with smoke and water damage.

Evidence at the scene — a gasoline filled water bottle and other accelerants — led officials to believe foul play was involved, but a month-long investigation has left officials without any idea of who did it. The investigation is now closed, New Whiteland fire chief Derek Wilson said.

The home, which had been vacant for a year according to neighbors, was a total loss.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.