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Fire set at home of Indy cop was arson

Crime stuns neighbors in the tree-lined neighborhood of brick homes

By Tom Spalding

A fire discovered early Monday at the Far-Southside home of an Indianapolis police officer was intentionally set, investigators said.

Around 1:15 a.m., authorities said, someone set fire to the back porch area of the home occupied by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Justin Beaton, his wife and their two children, ages two and seven.

The blaze quickly gutted the house and a backyard pool, leaving the family homeless and causing $100,000 damage. IMPD and Indianapolis Fire Department investigators did not specify a motive or why they believe it was arson.

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