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Juvenile suspected in Middlebury arson fire

Middlebury Police are requesting charges be filed against a lone juvenile as the person responsible for a Jan. 27 arson fire that destroyed a privately owned storage building.

Police Sgt. Robert Baker issued a statement Friday morning indicating the police case is being given to the Elkhart County Prosecutors Office with a request the juvenile be charged. Police have not released the juvenile’s name.

The fire broke out about 6:45 p.m. Jan. 27 and quickly grew into a blazing scene as flames consumed the building and its contents, including a large bus. The property at 304 W. Lawrence St., owned by Ross Garber, was deemed a total loss.

Middlebury police and fire officials, along with the Indiana State Fire Marshal, began investigating the fire’s cause that night and ruled the fire’s cause as suspicious.

A $5,000 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist. Friday’s statement from police did not indicate if the reward lead to the juvenile’s identification or if it was paid.

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