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September 11, 2012

Chesterfield Fire Department investigating possible arson

CHESTERFIELD, Ind. — The Chesterfield Union Township Fire Department is investigating a possible arson after a semitrailer caught fire Monday night.

The trailer, which is co-owned by the Associated Builders & Contractors of Indiana (ABC) and Gaylor Inc., was located at 2394 E. 400S, just off Interstate 69.

According to ABC Executive Vice President Martha Bracken, the trailer was being used as form of advertisement as it was easily visible from the interstate. On the side of the trailer was the ABC logo and a statement which read “78 percent of Indiana’s construction workers choose not to be union.”

Bracken would not confirm if she suspected a pro union group to be responsible for the fire.

Previously, the trailer was situated near the split of Interstates 69 and 465 in Indianapolis, but had to relocate because it violated a city code.

Bracken said they got permission from R.A. Riley Enterprises Inc. to relocate on its property. However, they were not able to set up a light and security equipment on the trailer as they had in Indianapolis.

According to Bracken, fire investigators said it appears that someone cut into the side of the trailer and used an accelerant, such as gasoline, to start the fire from the inside.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but not before it completely burned through the trailer. Bracken said the fire also destroyed electrical equipment inside the trailer.

An investigation is ongoing.

While Bracken said she is being careful not to point fingers, she does believe the fire was started with “malicious intent.” She is asking anyone with information about the arson to contact ABC headquarters at 317-596-4950.

Find Sam Brattain on Facebook and @SamBrattain on Twitter, or call 640-4883.

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