Posts Tagged ‘Arson’

Man Charged in Connection with Amtrak Beech Grove Shops Fire

June 29, 2021

An Indiana man is facing federal charges n connection n with a suspicious fire at Amtrak’s Beech Grove shops on May 2.

Casey Sage, 34, of Beech Grove, is charged with two counts of arson and if convicted faces five to 20 years in prison.

Court documents allege that Sage was seen on surveillance video entering the shops complex on the night of the fire.

He is alleged to have entered two storage buildings containing flammable chemicals and setting them ablaze using flares he picked up at the site.

The fire destroyed the buildings. Amtrak estimated the fire caused $1 million in damage. 

Reward Offered in Connection with Suspicious Beech Grove Shops Fire

May 14, 2021

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a May 1 fire Amtrak’s Beech Grove shops near Indianapolis.

The blaze destroyed two storage buildings and caused more than $650,000 in damage. There were no injuries and investigators believe the fire may have been intentionally set.

The reward is being offered by Amtrak and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The latter is involved in the case because the shops are a government-owned facility.

2 Face Arson Charges in Rail Shop Building Fire

June 15, 2020

Two Kentucky youths are expected to be charged in connection with a fire that destroyed a former Southern Railway shop building in Ludlow, Kentucky.

The two are facing arson charges stemming from that fire and a fire that destroyed a vacation house in the city’s business district.

Ludlow Police Chief Scott Smith said the two youths have admitted to starting the fires.

The railroad shop building fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. on June 10. Firefighters from five departments were called to the scene.

The building is owned by Norfolk Southern but was not in use. It was constructed in 1949 and was one of the last Southern-built structures still standing in Ludlow.

Fire at ex-Interurban Depot in Genoa Ruled Arson

June 13, 2017

Arson has been ruled the cause of a fire last week that damaged a 125-year-old interurban railway station in Genoa, Ohio.

The fire occurred shortly after a banner had been placed on the side of the former Toledo, Port Clinton & Lakeside stone depot seeking contributions to help fund a restoration of the station that was estimated to cost $250,000.

One news report said that there was thought to have been some opposition to the restoration plans.

Mark Camp, the author of several books about railroad stations in Ohio, said that the Genoa station was one of a handful of interurban depots left in northwest Ohio.

“It’s an important structure,” Camp said. “With a little work, I’m sure it could have been restored to its previous condition and given people a little sense of history here in Genoa.”

The Genoa station had in recent years been used for storage.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information on the blaze.

An investigation is being conducted by the Genoa Fire Department, Genoa Police Department and the State Fire Marshal’s office.

“Intentionally set fires are not something we take lightly, and tips from the public will help us find who was responsible for this,” said Interim State Fire Marshal Jeff A. Hussey. “If you have any information, please come forward and help our investigators solve this case.”

Genoa resident Eric Hise, who had been working with the city to preserve the depot, said it was built from stone from a nearby quarry and had been used by Clay Township for storage for about 60 years after trolley service was discontinued.

In recent years, though, the depot had been owned by the village of Genoa, which also used it for storage.

“I’m just a little shocked that out of nowhere this thing goes up in flames,” Hise said.

Fire officials said the blaze burned through the roof, but the building was still standing.

Genoa Mayor Ken Harsanje said a meeting would be held to discuss the future of the depot and the adjacent GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) hall.

Teen Charged in Salamanca Depot Fire

August 14, 2014

A teenager has been charged with fourth-degree arson in connection with a late July fire that destroyed the former Erie Railroad station in Salamanca, N.Y.

The apprehension of the 14-year-old boy came after investigators eliminated “everything but human hand” as a potential cause, according to Salamanca Fire Chief Nicholas Bochrski. The boy was also charged with second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree reckless endangerment, and third-degree burglary. He will appear in family court to face the charges.

The station had been vacant since Conrail ceased using it in the late 1970s. Plans to renovate it for use as a railroad museum in the 1980s fell through.

The property had been under the jurisdiction of the Seneca Nation of Indians since a city lease expired in 1990. The depot was built in 1904.

Seneca Nation Treasurer Rodney Pierce called the fire “a tragic chapter in the proud railroad history of this region.” Erie Lackawanna’s Lake Cities was the last passenger train to call at the depot in early January 1970.