Fire at Quick Lube Ruled Arson


Tim Turpin, the owner of Speedy Oiler in Evansville, Indiana, said he’s thankful his business is still standing.

Evansville Fire Department Investigator Richard Howard said 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. 

Turpin said 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 was filled with smoke. I ran and opened up all the doors. I went into the office and it was totally destroyed,” Turpin said. “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?”

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.

This article originally appeared on 14News.

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