“It’s extremely scary.” Light House Mission responds to arson investigation


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The desperate search for answers continues. This as an arson investigation is underway, to find out who deliberately set the Light House Mission on fire.

It’s been 10 days since the devastating blaze. Troubling questions remain, such as who sparked the fire and why?

“It’s pretty scary to think somebody would do something like that. I’m just glad nobody got hurt,” said Reverend Tim Fagg, CEO of the Light House Mission.

Forty-eight residents escaped unharmed, but what reverend Fagg spent years building was reduced to rubble in a matter of minutes.

“When you look at all the man hours and the work you put in it. For someone to do something like that, it’s sad and disheartening. It doesn’t just affect the Light House Mission. It affects everyone in the community who was relying on those services,” said Fagg.

Last Friday, a team of investigators canvased the aftermath. They determined the fire was intentionally set. There is no word on a potential suspect.

“I would hope they would find out who it is and then charge them,” said Fagg.

It’s no secret, the mission’s reputation has also come under fire. Reverend Fagg has a message for those who make assumptions. “If people are going to be that narrow-minded and ignorant in their thoughts, they have that right.”

Instead he’s focusing on keeping his residents safe. New rules have been implemented at the Conner’s Center, including a no smoking policy on the grounds.

It’s the first of many steps towards a brighter future.

“We hope to get back up and running full-force with everything, so we can meet the needs of the people in the Wabash Valley,” said Fagg.

The reverend has been in contact with the insurance company. He tells us the building will be torn down. A date for demolition has not been scheduled at this time.