Local Car Dealership Victim of Arson - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/25/08

Local Car Dealership Victim of Arson

A fire at a local car dealership leaves fire investigators pointing to arson. 

The fire broke out about 5 a.m. Tuesday morning at A-1 Motors on 39th Street and Avenue Q. The office was the only part of the building that was burned, and the owner tells us nothing was stolen and none of the cars were damaged.

Tyson Dewbre is a salesman at A-1 Motors and got a phone call at 6 a.m. Tuesday that his workplace was on fire.  "It was worse than I suspected and there wasn't anything on fire when I got here.  They wouldn't let us touch anything. It was under investigation," said Dewbre.    

Under investigation because the Fire Marshal's office says this fire wasn't accidental.  "An ignitable liquid was used to accelerate the fire which is kind of one of the obvious things that helps us determine that," said Garret Nelson with the Lubbock Fire Marshal's office. 

Dewbre says he doesn't know who would do this. "Maybe someone was mad because we repossessed their car, I'm not real sure," said Dewbre. 

"Now we will start following up leads there are people leads there is leads that come from the evidence that now we will follow up and talk to people and start to discover what might have happened," said Nelson. 

Now the employees are left to pick up the pieces, and try to get back to business as usual.  The owner of A-1 Motors says he did not have insurance, but now wishes he did.  "People that do any type of crime do it for some kind of reason and generally they are going to tell other people and other people are aware of it so we just ask that they call us and let us know," said Nelson.

The owner of A-1 Motors, Jimmy Dewbre, says he is offering a reward of $2500 for information leading to the arrest of whoever did this.

If you have any information on this arson you are asked to call the Fire Marshal's Office at 775-2646 or Crime line at 741-1000.

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