Investigators say fire at Evansville oil change business was arson

Published: May. 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2016 at 5:38 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The owner of Speedy Oiler in Evansville says he's thankful his business is still standing.

Evansville Fire Department Investigator Richard Howard says someone broke into the oil change business and lit two fires inside.

One was in the back office.  The other fire started when someone lit an oil rag and put it into the gas tank of a Corvette.

Owner Tim Turpin says some items were taken, but not the company's safe.

The fire in the office caused significant damage, destroying several expensive pieces of equipment.

The Corvette had minor damage and burn marks.

" I open my door and it's filled with smoke.  I run and open up all the doors.  I go into the office and it's totally destroyed.  They tried to destroy my building, they tried to destroy my business.  I don't know what's going on in their minds?  What would make someone do that?" said Turpin.

Turpin says the Speedy Oiler is still open, they just can't take credit cards right now.

Evansville Police are taking over the investigation and looking at nearby surveillance cameras to see if they can identify a suspect.

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