Last month’s fire at a Rochester fireworks store was deliberately set. Every fire department in Fulton County responded to the July 17 blaze at Windy City Fireworks on State Road 14 at U.S. 31. In addition to flames, they also had to dodge exploding fireworks, which created a sky show that could be seen for miles. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those involved, according to our reporting partners at WNDU-TV. Anyone with information should contact the Indiana Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628 with anonymous tips.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.