There are still no leads into the arson fire that destroyed two 34th Street businesses back in May. There is new information in the case and a bigger reward offered.
The owner of Abbey Home Center tells us before May's fire the only problem he has had to deal with was some graffiti. On Friday the business owners pleaded for help to find some answers into who started the fire.
On May 11, fire destroyed Brenda King's Sewing Studio and Abbey Home Center. More than two months later there are still no answers on who intentionally set this fire. "It was a tragedy that day that these people are still living out. We want to find the people that are responsible to setting that fire," said Garett Nelson with the Fire Marshal's office.
On Friday the Fire Marshal's Office announced an increased reward for any information about the possible suspects. Thanks to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have increased the reward by $5,000. It now sits at $7,500 cash.
"Somebody knows somebody that knows something about this. We're just asking that you do the right thing and give us information. When something like this happens it affects our whole community," said Nelson.
The Fire Marshal's Office also released two items that were stolen from Abbey Home Center. They are an open face CD player that has an orange glow when it plays and an E-systems business, 17 inch computer.
"It is important to us that this gets solved. I have another business location and I fear that it may happen to that location," said Owner of Abbey Home Center Brent Pillers.
"Don't be protective of your family. They still need to pay the price," said Owner of Brenda King's Sewing Studio Brenda King.
Pillers says he has moved to a new location, and it could be permanent. King has been working out of her home, and doesn't know if she will ever open a new shop. "It's been very devastating. I've lost everything," said King.
"It just chokes you up; you don't even know what to do when you see it. You just put so much blood, sweat and tears to get it where you want it," said Pillers.
If you have any information on this arson fire you are asked to call the Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office at 775-2646 or Crime Line at 741-1000.
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