IMPD arrests 2 men on arson charges

IFD estimates fire damage around $40,000

INDIANAPOLIS - Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department have arrested two suspects they believe intentionally started a fire early Sunday morning.

Crews with the Indianapolis Fire Department were sent to the 2000 block of Southeastern Avenue for a structure fire just before 3:30 a.m.

IFD extinguished the fire in approximately an hour but crews estimated the fire caused $40,000 in damages, officials said.

Witnesses saw two individuals around the building before the fire started, and detectives found those individuals in the 100 block of South Harlan, IMPD said.

Both suspects were detained and questioned about their involvement in the fire, and detectives said that both suspects had black soot on their hands.

Both men denied involvement in setting the fire, but detectives detained enough evidence to arrest both men, IMPD said.

Jason Mobley, 38, and James Long, 25, were both arrested on arson charges, police said.

They were taken to the Arrestee Processing Center. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make a final decision on the filing of formal charges.

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