Authorities in Shipshewana, Ind., were holding a man they believe set a blaze that destroyed the local Mastercraft Inc. RV furniture plant, according to the Goshen News.
Prosecutors say that Monte Cook, 43, of Middlebury, Ind., set the fire because he believed his estranged wife, who was an employee at the plant, was having a relationship with a fellow worker. Cook was being held in LaGrange County Jail on more than $200,000 bond.
LaGrange County Prosector Jeff Wible said that he expected to charge Cook with arson and burglary in the blaze, which did more than $7 million damage to the 35,000-square-foot plant. No injuries occurred from the fire. About 300 people worked at the plant.
Prosecutors have until Tuesday to file formal charges against Cook, who was being held on an unrelated warrant for failing to appear in court. He was scheduled to stand trial on a charge he violated a personal protection order obtained by his wife.
Mastercraft is working two shifts at its other factories and is looking to operate from other buildings to continue supplying its customers in a timely manner, said Clifton Reynolds, president.
The fire was reported July 5.