Police release names in Vincennes storage unit fire arrest

Michael J. Mitchell (Left) and his son, 18-year-old Michael D. Mitchell (Right)
Michael J. Mitchell (Left) and his son, 18-year-old Michael D. Mitchell (Right)

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) –  Knox County Sheriff’s Department stated the three individuals arrested in connection to the fire was a male juvenile, a 19-year-old male and an adult male.

Eyewitnesses stated they saw three males leaving the property and crossed the state line into Illinois. Sheriff Deputies and a K-9 Unit followed that lead and were able to apprehend all three suspects.

Police took 36-year-old Michael J. Mitchell and his son, 18-year-old Michael D. Mitchell, both of Vincennes into custody.

Police also took one juvenile into custody.

The official name of the storage unit on State Road 67 is Executive Properties, Inc. Fire officials stated the fire was contained to the ‘C’ building and out of the 62 units on the property, 12 of them were destroyed.

They believe the remaining units may have smoke and/or water damage, but they should be salvageable.

Officials stated the firefighter injured at the scene was treated for a hand injury that required stitches. He was treated and released from Good Samaritan Hospital.

PHOTOS | Vincennes storage unit fire


UPDATE 2:40 PM: Fire officials responded to a fire around 12:30 p.m. at a Vincennes storage unit close to the old Executive Inn on State Road 67.

Vincennes City Fire Department and Vincennes Township Fire Department had the fire under control by 2:30 p.m. but several of the storage units located there were destroyed.

VU E-Media/Nichole Carie
VU E-Media/Nichole Carie

Officials confirm one firefighter was injured and had to be taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes. No word on his condition or injuries at this time.

Sheriff Morris confirmed three people had been arrested in connection to the fire.

There is no estimate on the cost of damages and the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but is under investigation.


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