MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Fire-Rescue is investigating a fire that occurred Sunday, October 13 at American Auto Painting on Springhill Avenue.
Investigators believe there was a burglary or attempted burglary and the fire was most likely set to hide the crime.
“That’s the thing about arson; there are a number or reasons why people set fires. One of those is to cover up another crime. That obviously appears to be that way here,” said Mobile Fire-Rescue Spokesperson, Steve Huffman.
The fire was reported at 9 p.m. When firefighters arrived they saw smoke and fire coming from the roof of the building. No injuries were reported and damage is estimated at $500,000.
At least a dozen cars were in the shop for repairs. The owners says they a total loss.
The damage goes beyond the building and car damage. An entire staff is out of work and they have families to feed.
“ Paycheck to paycheck. They don't have money saved or anything so they are really in a bind. It's devastation for them, it really is,” said American Auto Painting Manager, Ben Brown.
Brown believes the suspects got away empty-handed. And the fire chased them away.
“I rather them just steal and just be done with it,” said Brown.
Mobile Fire-Rescue believes some say something out of the ordinary Sunday night.
Anyone with information is ask to contact the Bureau of Fire Prevention at 208-7484 or the Arson Tip Line at 208-MFRD.
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