Cash Reward Offered For Arena Fire Information
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne urges anyone with information regarding the January 19, 2018 fire at the A’nowara’kowa Arena to come forward. A cash reward of $5,000 is currently being offered by the arena for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.
On Friday, January 19, 2018 at approximately 3 p.m., the Akwesasne Mohawk Police and the Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department (HAVFD) were dispatched to the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena regarding a fire alarm activation. When officers arrived on scene they were met by several persons who reported that there was a fire in one of the locker rooms. The HAVFD quickly contained and extinguished the fire, which severely damaged the locker room and caused smoke damage throughout the arena facility.
Akwesasne Mohawk Police investigators and the HAFVD conducted a preliminary examination of the scene and deemed the fire suspicious. The scene was secured and the Office of the Fire Marshal was requested to attend the scene, and the fire was later determined to be intentional (arson). The Akwesasne Mohawk Police are leading the investigation, which remains open.