“Suspicious Fire” at Penguin Point officially arson

Crews were called in the early morning hours of June 20, 2017 for a 'suspicious fire" at the Auburn Penguin Point restaurant.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Authorities are asking for the public’s help in trying to determine who set a fire that heavily damaged the Penguin Point restaurant in Auburn. Tuesday morning authorities would only confirm to NewsChannel 15 that the fire was suspicious, but since then it has been ruled an arson.

Emergency crews responded to the fire at approximately 4:41 a.m. after someone called 911 after seeing smoke coming from the restaurant located at 705 West Seventh Street according to a press release from the Auburn Police Department.

The Auburn Fire Department entered the building and had the fire under control shortly after 5 a.m.   Detectives with the Auburn Police Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal were contacted to investigate further.  It was determined that that one or more persons had forced their way into the restaurant  and had set a fire in the middle of the building.  Indiana State Police Crime Scene technicians were called in to assist and collect evidence.

Anyone with information to the nature of this investigation is encouraged to call the Auburn Police Department at 260-920-3200 Ext. 1901 or the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office Hotline 1-800-382-4628. There is up to a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this fire.

Photo of fire damage inside the Auburn Penguin Point provided by David Meier