Fire at former Muncie piano factory was arson

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Muncie firefighters say a fire at an old warehouse that formerly served as a piano factory was intentionally set.

Chief investigator Rob Mead of the Muncie Fire Department say an investigation has eliminated accidental sources for the fire Saturday that burned out of control for hours and produced smoke visible for miles.

Mead tells The Star Press for a story Tuesday that the building had no utilities when the fire began and “all other possibilities of an accidental source were eliminated at the scene.”

The fire the 19th century brick and heavy timber warehouse was reported at 6:43 a.m. and firefighters say they weren’t able to bring it under control for more than three hours.

A neighbor reported hearing explosions inside the building. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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