A fire in a railcar on Wednesday morning in Mitchell has now been determined to be an act of arson.
The Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers said Thursday they are offering a reward of at least $250 for information leading to an arrest in the case.
The fire was reported shortly after 10 a.m. at the corner of Railroad and South Kimball Street, where heavy smoke was reported, according to Mitchell Fire Chief Marius Laursen
When fire crews were able to access the railcar, crews found six large rolls of paper inside, with two of them on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire and removed the rolls of paper from the railcar using BNSF equipment. BNSF is the company that owns and operates the rail line in central Mitchell.
Mitchell Fire personnel turned the scene over to the Mitchell Police Division for the investigation, deeming it first suspicious, and authorities said Thursday they have determined it to be arson.
Those with information about this incident or suspicious activity in the area are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 605-996-1700. Callers do not have to identify themselves, and a cash reward is available for information that leads to the arrest of the subject or subjects involved.
A minimum of $250 is paid for rewards on all "Crime of the Weeks" solved through Crime Stoppers. Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. offers this reward. Rewards will not be paid if crime tips, leading to an arrest, are not made directly to Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. by telephone or by web tip.
To date, 352 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers.