INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis firefighters ruled the Wednesday morning car shop fire as arson after a Molotov cocktail was found near the scene.
"This Molotov cocktail was outside the scene of the fire, it was in the area and it had not been deployed yet. They are not sure if it has any connection to this fire or when it was placed there," said Captain Rita Burris with the Indianapolis Fire Department.
The fire broke out shortly after 4 a.m. at the Shop Custom and Collision Center at East 38th Street and North Keystone Avenue.
38th Street was closed from Keystone Avenue to Baltimore Avenue Wednesday morning but reopened just before 7 a.m. The south lanes of Keystone Avenue were closed but reopened around 6:30 a.m.
Extra fire units were called to the scene. Fire crews faced some additional dangers from chemicals in the building along with a potential collapse of the one story structure.
The building houses three separate businesses. The fire was in the service bay area of the collision center.
Three to four cars inside the building caught fire and a total of seven vehicles were damaged.
The fire was brought under control at one point, but about an hour into the fire, more flames broke out along the roof.
Damages are estimated at $150,000.
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS or Text INDYCS (274637).
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