Northeast Indianapolis building fire ruled arson

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Fire investigators have determined a fire at a northeast side auto shop near 38th Street and Keystone Avenue was the result of an arsonist, but the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The fire was called in at 4:06 a.m.

Crews found smoke showing from the Boost Mobile store and adjacent Swift Custom Wheels, and began working to extinguish the fire.

The fire appeared to be concentrated in the auto bay portion of the business, but firefighters have not yet determined how it started. Firefighters say a Molotov cocktail device was found intact near the scene, but investigators have not yet connected it to the fire.

Several cars in the shop were also on fire. Crews reported slippery floors and oil in the area of the fire making their work more hazardous. They gained control after about 40 minutes, but had to put out hot spots as fire flared up inside walls.

Firefighters have been told to use caution. Interior ceiling trusses are weakened and could collapse in the service bay area, according to a message from the IFD Twitter account.

A total of 50 firefighters were on the scene this morning.

There are no reports of any injuries at this point.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.