2 detained after multiple trash cans set on fire at Southgate Plaza

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police have detained two individuals suspected of setting multiple trash cans on fire.

According to FWFD officials, firefighters were called to a trash can on fire in the 200 block of East Pettit Avenue around 8:41 p.m. Sunday.

A battalion chief on scene told NewsChannel 15 they found five trash cans were burned in various areas around Southgate Plaza. Some of the trash cans were close to buildings, but fire officials said none of the buildings at Southgate Plaza sustained any structural damage. Cosmetic damage, however, was visible to certain areas when firefighters pulled down the under-siding of a walkway. Officials said crews needed to check the area near the trash cans because of the amount of smoke.

Several witnesses provided police and firefighters with descriptions of two individuals who may have set the trash cans on fire. Police detained two individuals matching witness descriptions, including one near Kroger. A police officer on scene said one suspect was checked by paramedics after a Taser was deployed. Police said the individual resisted officers and tried to run away. Investigators were trying to determine if the second individual was involved.

Fire officials were making contact with several businesses, including “Eyes By India,” “Cali Nails,” and “Peerless Cleaners” to make sure everything was okay inside.

Additional information was not immediately available.

The incident is under investigation.

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