A rash of arsons has spread across Gary's Midtown neighborhood in recent days.
An arsonist or arsonists have been setting fires throughout the centrally located neighborhood along Broadway in the late evenings and early mornings, according to the Gary Police Department.
Gary, which was estimated in 2015 to have nearly 7,000 vacant buildings, has periodically suffered from problems with arson. An arson fire killed three children in December 2016, and the infamous blaze of 1997 rampaged through downtown, destroying several buildings and damaging City Methodist Church, the former Goldblatt's Department Store and the historic Memorial Auditorium where the Jackson Five first performed.
Anyone with any information about the latest rash of arsons in Midtown should call Detective Sgt. Mark Salazar at 219-881-7431. Tips also can anonymously be made to Gary's Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP.