3 juveniles questioned in connection to New Castle house fires

Photo of house fire in New Castle. (Provided Photo/Chelsey Marie Orr)

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (WISH) — New Castle crews are still cleaning up after three abandoned homes caught fire.

Five homes in total were burned as firefighters battled the flames in the early morning Tuesday. It happened on the southeast part of the city, near 18th Street and G Avenue.

Some people were displaced, but no one was hurt.

The New Castle mayor says three juveniles were brought in for questioning. They were later released. Arson was suspected on the abandoned homes. The other homes caught fire due to being in close proximity to the abandoned homes that were on fire. It all happened within a four-block radius.

24-Hour News 8 talked to neighbors witnessed the fires and the mayor of New Castle early Tuesday. Dave Thompson says he woke up to a wall of red light outside his window.

“It’s very nerve-racking because you hear all the bad things happening and the terrorist attacks, it just makes you wonder; very scary,” said Thompson.

New Castle Mayor Greg York says they will catch the people responsible.

“We are very fortunate for our water supply,” York said. “God has blessed New Castle with a lot of water, and today it paid off. This fire here was set and it burned the house next door to it down.”

A lot of water was used to battle the fires. In fact, their water tower was almost empty at one point. It has been refilled but that shows how much water and how many crews were fighting these fires.

Power companies planned to shut down the grid for a certain section of the city from about noon until 2 p.m. to try and fix some transformers that were damaged from the fires.

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