Arrest made in east side building fire

Courtesy of Central Indiana Fire Ground Information

Detectives arrested two men Sunday who they believe intentionally set an early morning fire that caused about $40,000 in damage. 

Indianapolis Fire Department firefighters were dispatched to the 2000 block of Southeastern Avenue around 3:30 a.m. for a fire in an unoccupied building. The first units on the scene found a fire working and it took about an hour to put it out. There were no injuries. 

Investigators from IFD requested assistance from the Department of Public safety Arson Unit.

Several witnesses told detectives that the saw two individuals in and around the building just before the fire started. The witnesses also told investigators that they saw one of the two men throw something at the building just before the fire broke out. 

Detectives were let to the 100 block of South Harlan where they observed two men similar in appearance to what witnesses had described inside the house. 

Both suspects were taken into custody and questioned for their possible involvement in the fire. 

Detectives observed that both men had what appeared to be black soot on their hands. The men both denied any involvement setting the fire. 

Detectives obtained enough evidence and arrested 38-year-old Jason Mobley and 25-year-old James Long both of Indianapolis for arson. The were both taken to the Arrestee Processing Center for processing.