Four arrested for arson in historic Hendricks County home fire

The Horace Reeves Farmhouse
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Hendricks County - Four people are under arrest in connection with a fire that destroyed the historic Horace Reeve house in July.

Andrew Arthur, 21, Andrew Taylor, 20, Daniel Schutte, 20, and Jessica Allen, 20, are in custody and face one count each of B Felony Arson. All four suspects are from Marion County.

Plainfield Police worked with the Plainfield Fire Territory and the State Fire Marshal's office on the case. Investigators quickly determined the fire had been intentionally set and set up a tip line through Crime Stoppers and the Indiana Arson Hotline.

A tip was received that led investigators to the four suspects who are now in custody. All four suspects admitted to being on the property the night of the fire.

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The 150-year-old home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the morning of July 5th. It caught fire around 3:00 am in the 9100 block of Orly Drive.

In its day it was considered one of the best dairy operations in central Indiana, but the fire marked the end of a 150-year-old era.

"When firefighters arrived the fire was already through the roof of the house," said Pascal Arnes, Decatur Township Fire Department chief.

The Horace Reeve House, a historic farmhouse in Hendricks County, went up in flames in what was a difficult battle for firefighters.

"The biggest difficulty was getting water here. It's not a hydrated area so we're having to shuttle water with tankers," said Arnes.

Although power lines run to the home, it had no electricity. It is located in a secluded area overgrown with weeds and surrounded by trees.

Also raising suspicions is that it is the second vacant home to catch fire in Hendricks County in less than a month. The other home where a suspicious fire occurred is less than a mile away. The charred shell of that home still stands down the road.

As for how the farmhouse fire started, "the fire started in the rear of the house. That's all we know," said Arnes.

The old farmhouse is the property of the airport authority. It was on the market for commercial development. Along with its place on the National Register of Historic Places, it is now on the fire department's arson investigation list.