Arson Suspected in Fire at Michigan City (Ind.) Newspaper


Investigators suspect an arsonist set a series of fires that caused several thousand dollars damage to a storage area of The News-Dispatch.

Six employees were evacuated Tuesday night, but no injuries were reported.

Workers discovered the fire after smelling smoke in the area near a loading dock where advertising inserts for the newspaper are stored.

Someone set at least six fires in the mailroom area, including to bundles of newspapers, pallets of inserts and a couch, Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Brooks said. While the fire was extinguished within minutes, it filled the building with smoke.

Firefighters notified city police, Brooks said.

Publisher David Holgate said the damage was in the thousands of dollars and could delay newspaper delivery for several days.

“Thankfully, it was only material and water,” he said. “There is no real structural damage.”

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