NOTE: Any individuals with information about this suspicious fire are encouraged to call the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535 or the Terre Haute Post of the Indiana State Police at 800-742-0717.
By IVY HERRON
The Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office are asking the public for help in collecting information about the suspicious fire that Posey Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Errett Miller was going to when he was killed in a traffic accident on Monday.
Authorities say few details will be released until the conclusion of the fire investigation to maintain the integrity of the case, but authorities are confident the structure fire at Lower Bloomington Road and C. R. 200 N will be ruled arson as early as next week.
On Monday evening, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the state fire marshal was immediately notified because "there were no contributing sources" at the garage fire located at 5681 W. 200 N.
"The buildings appear to have been vacant for quite some time," he said.
Searching the scene twice, the fire marshal is collecting evidence in an attempt to determine the cause of the suspicious fire "that created a pile of charred rubble where the garage once stood."
Officers from the sheriff's department and the state police are performing interviews with area residents and checking fire reports to locate any information regarding the case in the ongoing investigation.
Investigators say it is possible that a person in the area of Lower Bloomington Road and C. R. 200 N., between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, could be unaware that something they saw -- and thought insignificant -- could be vital to the investigation.
If an individual has information about the case, they are encouraged to call the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535 or the Terre Haute Post of the Indiana State Police at 800-742-0717.