- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

GARY, Ind. (AP) - Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a December fire that killed three young cousins in Gary.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Gary Police Department announced the reward Wednesday.

Two-year-old Yaleah Cohen, 4-year-old Alaya Pickens and 5-year-old Jayden Mitchell died after a fire tore through a second-story apartment late on Dec. 23.

An investigation by the Gary fire and police departments, the ATF and the Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office concluded the fire was started by an accelerant. It has been ruled an arson.

Anyone with information can call the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS or the Lake/Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3852 or the Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP. Callers may remain anonymous.

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