Arrest made in October, 2019 Wabash Avenue fire

Police have arrested a man in connection to a fire on Wabash Avenue that happened last October.

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 10:23 AM
Updated: Feb 14, 2020 7:00 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Police have made an arrest in the October, 2019 fire at Wabash Avenue and 18th Street in Terre Haute, according to the Terre Haute Fire Department.

Franklin Boger, 29, is facing several charges of arson and one count of insurance fraud. Jail records show Boger was booked into the Vigo County Jail Thursday afternoon.

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According to fire investigators, four people had to jump from a second-floor window to escape the fire, and one of those people were hurt. Two other people suffered from smoke inhalation.

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The building was demolished shortly after the fire. The bottom floor of the building was commercial space with the second floor acting as apartments.

We did receive court documents from the prosecutor's office. 

The documents say one witness saw Boger unload boxes out of his apartment hours before the fire started the fire left the building destroyed.

Documents even say Boger lived in an apartment in the building. 

Fire investigator Brenton Lloyd said the community is much safer with him off the streets.

"I live here. this is my community it's always been my community. The fact that there's somebody out there that can just set fires and sleep at night, that's a danger that we don't need in this community," said Lloyd. 

Boger has a court date set for March 5th at 1:30 pm. 

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