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Evansville Man Arrested for Arson After Fire at Diamond Flea Market

An Evansville man has been charged with Arson in connection to a large fire that broke out Friday at the Diamond Flea Market.

Posted: May 14, 2021 7:23 PM
Updated: May 16, 2021 10:13 AM

The Evansville Police Department says an Arson arrest has been made in connection to a large fire that took place on Friday at the Diamond Flea Market.

According to police, 25-year-old Christopher Liggett of Evansville was seen on surveillance footage near the scene of the fire when it took place. They say he was located at a local hotel after an exhaustive search, at which point he was brought in for questioning.

While speaking with an EPD Detective and an investigator with the State Fire Marshals Service, police say Liggett confessed to starting the fire.

Christopher Liggett - EPD

Liggett has been charged with Arson and is currently being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail on no bond.

The Evansville Fire Department got the initial call of a structure fire on the corner of Diamond Avenue and Fares Avenue around 6:20 p.m. on Friday.

Six crews from five of the city's 14 fire stations battled the flames at the Diamond Flea Market for hours on Friday before being able to get the blaze under control.

EFD tells 44News when crews first arrived, they attempted an aggressive interior attack, which is when firefighters head straight into a building to try and put out the fire.

After about five minutes, however, because of the extent and intensity of the flames, they had to change gears and utilize a defensive exterior attack and fight the fire from the outside, streaming water into the building through windows and doorways.

One bystander said he could smell the fire from his home several blocks away. He said his friend is a vendor at the flea market and said the damage is devastating for the community and everyone who frequented the market.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control around 9:00 p.m., but crews stayed behind several hours after to ensure everything was extinguished.

Police say there were no injuries and no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. There were 40 to 50 booths inside.

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