HAMMOND — An arrest has been made in connection with a fire early Sunday that destroyed the law office of a late Region attorney, officials said.
A surveillance video from the area led fire and police investigators to the man, who is believed to be homeless, Hammond Fire Chief Jeff Smith said.
It appeared the man started a fire to keep warm, igniting the blaze that destroyed the building at 142 Rimbach St., Smith said.
Hammond police arrested the man Tuesday night on suspicion of arson, he said.
Police spokesman Lt. Steve Kellogg said a person of interest was in custody. The person's name was not disclosed, pending formal charges.
Hammond firefighters responded about 2:30 a.m. Sunday after a Calumet City police officer noticed smoke coming from the building.
Hammond hired a demolition company to help deal with a collapsed wall, Smith said. The building eventually will be completely demolished.