Goshen Fire Department seeking info on Rogers Park fire
Posted: 03/22/2012 at 9:00 am
By: Truth Staff
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Life-long Goshen resident Rennie Yoder looks at th
The burned out exterior of the Rogers Park Pavilio
$PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Lifelong Goshen resident Rennie Yoder holds steady as he takes a photograph of the burned-out interior of the Rogers Park Pavilion Thursday. Yoder often walks his dog, Max, through the park, but made a special trip this day said he “came to see this.” He said “a lot of fun memories of this place,” Yoder said. The pavilion burned Wednesday night.$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$
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Lifelong Goshen resident Rennie Yoder holds steady as he takes a photograph of the burned-out interior of the Rogers Park Pavilion Thursday. Yoder often walks his dog, Max, through the park, but made a special trip this day, saying he “came to see this.” He said he has “a lot of fun memories of this place.” The pavilion burned Wednesday night. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
The Goshen Fire Department arrived at the park, 102 Chicago Ave., around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to find the entire underside of the pavilion's roof on fire, said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Ramer. After the fire was under control, officials estimated the damage at $40,000.
A Goshen police officer driving along Pike Street saw the fire and summoned the fire department, Ramer said.
The fire department has not ruled the blaze arson, Ramer said, but it is interested in information anyone may have regarding how the fire started.
Anyone with information may call Goshen fire investigators at 875-4315, Goshen Police at 533-8661 or the Arson Hot Line at 800-382-4628. Information leading to an arrest of person(s) responsible for this fire may be eligible for reward money up to $5,000.
Rogers Park, developed in 1909, was the city's largest and most heavily used park for 50 years.