TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Tampa police, along with Tampa Fire Rescue, are searching for an arson suspect responsible for a fire that destroyed nine cars in a Tampa towing lot.
Early Wednesday morning, at least nine cars were set on fire at Larson’s Towing, located at North Lois Avenue. Detectives said they obtained surveillance video showing an unidentified person setting the cars on fire.
A stunned tow truck driver from Larsen’s Towing called 911 after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. He had just arrived back from a job.
"I don't know if they set them on fire or whatever, but I just pulled into the yard and my cars are on fire,” the unidentified caller told the 911 operator.
The vehicles were at the facility because of previous accident, but now they are all a total loss, officials said.
Jason Penny with Tampa Fire Rescue says crews were able to put the fire out in 20 minutes, but eight to nine cars were badly damaged.
There are two elements that might help them catch the suspect.
“One of the things our investigators found out was there was an eyewitness that saw suspicious activity by a person close by around the time the fire started, but it was also backed up by surveillance video they’ve been able to get a hold of,” Penny said. “So they’re taking all of that stuff into account, and this looks like something they should be able to solve.”
The suspect is looking at a felony charge for the arson. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477.