Reward offered in Auburn Penguin Point restaurant arson on Tuesday

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information after investigators say a fire was intentionally set early Tuesday morning inside an Auburn Penguin Point.

At around 4:41 a.m. someone called 911 to report smoke coming from the Penguin Point restaurant at 705 W. Seventh St. When Auburn police and fire departments arrived at around 4:45 a.m. they saw heavy smoke coming from the building.

Firefighters went inside and found heavy smoke and fire. They had the blaze under control at 5:07 a.m.

Due to the nature of the fire, Auburn Police detectives and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office were contacted to investigate further with the Auburn Fire Department Fire Marshal. Members of the Auburn Police and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office determined that someone had broken into the restaurant and set the fire in the middle of the restaurant. Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technicians were called to collect evidence.

The investigation is ongoing by the Auburn police and fire departments, state fire marshal and Indiana State Police. Garrett Fire Department assisted at the scene while the Butler Fire Department stood by at Auburn Fire Station No. 1. <br>

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Anyone with information about this fire investigation is encouraged to call the Auburn Police Department at 1-260-920-3200, Ext. 1901, or the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office Hotline at 1-800-382-4628.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for this fire.