Friday, 11 May 2012 16:02

Corpus Christi Body Shop Burns, Arson Suspected, No Insurance

A Corpus Christi body shop owner is picking up the pieces after his shop went up in flames in the early morning of May 9. See video.

"And for me, I say, 'why, does it happen?' This, because I'm a good guy, I do favor to anybody and why does this happen to me," says Luis Baiza, owner of Baiza Paint and Body.

Around 2:30 AM in the morning, the Corpus Christi Fire Department was dispatched out to Baiza's paint and body at 601 Brownlee.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames spewing from the business.  The shop restores old cars and the owner, who doesn't have insurance, estimates the damage to be about $75,000.

Fire investigators believe the blaze was the work of an arsonist.

"A friend of mine says he saw someone running from the shop.  Pero, we don't know who it is.  I want to know who it was," says Baiza.

It took about an hour to get the blaze under control.  No one was injured, and firefighters were able to save a dog that lives in the shop.

If you have any information on who may have started this fire, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477).

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