Goshen- Officials with the Goshen Fire Department have ruled that Monday night’s fire at an abandoned hotel was intentionally set.
Emergency crews responded to a structure fire in the 1300 block of Lincolnway E. around 8 p.m. on Monday. This building is the former Goshen Inn.
Our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth say firefighters battled the blaze during a thunderstorm, which then triggered tornado sirens in Goshen.
It took twenty firefighters and more than 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.
A restaurant located to the east of the building, known as Crackers Lounge and the Blue Room, also suffered extensive damage. It’s estimated around $150,000 worth of damage was done to the buildings.
The hotel and restaurant have not been used in several years. The hotel’s former owner was also killed there back in October of 2011
Officials with the Goshen Fire Department have identified the origin of the fire, but cannot release specific details to the public due to the arson investigation.
The fire and police departments are encouraging the public to come forward with any information concerning the fire.
The fire department is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of a suspect. You can reach the department at 574- 875-4315. You can also call the Goshen Police Department at 574-533-8661 or the Arson Hot Line at 800-382-4628.