WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Arson could be a potential cause for the Lafayette Limo bus fires early Monday morning.
The International Association of Arson Investigators, Indiana Chapter #14 and the Indiana State Fire Marshal have partnered in this investigation. They’re offering up to a $5,000 reward to anyone with information on who may be responsible for the fire.
Right now the fire has been ruled undetermined but the investigation continues. Investigators have not ruled out the fire occurring accidentally or naturally either.
Lafayette Limo General Manager Amanda Florian said she believes there is something strange and suspicious about the incident.
“Part of it, you know, is it's just a really odd scenario of what happened,” said Florian. “None of the buses had run for multiple days of the larger fleet out there. There's no electricity out there for them to be plugged into that should have shorted or anything like that.”
She said despite the fire, they're still working to meet customer needs.
“It puts a big dent in our full-size motor coaches but we can utilize like two smaller vehicles to replace those or we can also work with affiliates, we have a lot of companies we work with locally Indianapolis, Chicago, Mishawaka areas like that,” said Florian.
Lafayette Limo has at least 40 vehicles in various shapes and sizes in operation. The company is expecting an insurance quote on the damage Monday, Jan. 6.
If anyone has information regarding this investigation they're encouraged to call 1-800-382-4628.