Suspicious Knox House Fire Under Investigation


A house fire last week in Knox appears to have been set deliberately. That’s according to an investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

The Knox-Center Township Fire Department responded to a report of a fire around 4:13 Friday afternoon, at a home in the 4000 block of East Orchard Drive. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming through the roof of the kitchen area. One resident was injured trying to rescue a dog and cat from the house and was taken to Starke Hospital. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in about 45 minutes.

However, another fire was reported at the same home around 8:44 p.m. This time, the laundry room and remaining roof were fully engulfed.

The Hamlet and Washington Township fire departments, as well as Starke County EMS, assisted the Knox-Center Township Fire Department. The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 574-772-3771 or the Indiana Arson Hotline at 800-382-4628.