Authorities in St. Martin, Miss., have offered $7,000 reward for anyone who can help them catch a firebug who set a fire that destroyed Rose Farm Custom Cycle Sept. 12.
The reward constitutes $5,000 from the U.S. Justice Department's Gulfport Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; $1,000 from the Mississippi Coast Crimes Stoppers; and $1,000 from the Mississippi State Fire Marshal's office.
Those agencies, as well as the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, are jointly investigating the fire, which has been ruled arson.
Shop owner Boyd Nix said he was awakened at 1:20 a.m. Sept. 12 by a phone call from police telling him his shop was on fire. The fire did $400,000 damage and the shop he’d occupied for just six weeks is considered a total loss.
"I got out here and saw nothing but flames and fire trucks," Nix told the Mississippi Press. "I watched it burn as they worked to put it out. It was my birthday."
Nix, who’s trying to rebuild, said there were 25 motorcycles in the shop when it burned, only five of which had insurance coverage.
"Those bikes have been deemed a total loss on their insurance," Nix said. "I'm going to have to repair the others at my own expense. They mainly have heat damage to the plastic, metal and chrome. But, it's going to take me a while."
Anyone wanting to help with the repairs can call the shop at 228-818-2700.
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Posted by Holly Wagner
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