George Sutton arrived early to work on Tuesday (Aug. 14) after fire department officials phoned him at 6 a.m. to say a blaze had sparked at his recreational vehicle dealership in Eugene, Ore.
“We saw the flames on the way here,” Sutton recalled of the hectic trip he and his wife, Martha, made from their home to the business at 2400 W. Seventh Ave.
The Register-Guard reported that once at the scene, the Suttons found firefighters working to tame a hot-burning blaze that police suspect was intentionally set outside a dealership office building.
Eugene police Det. Steve Williams, an arson investigator, said there was no clear link between the RV dealership fire and a pair of suspicious blazes that ignited Monday morning off River Road in the Santa Clara area. One of those fires damaged two businesses.
“Having this number of fires in close proximity makes you wonder, but there’s nothing to directly tie them at this point,” Williams said as he surveyed the damage.
Firefighters on Tuesday responded to the RV dealership after a passing motorist reported seeing a fire burning underneath a picnic table that sat outside an office building nicknamed “Camp Sutton.” Flames quickly spread to the wooden building itself, causing extensive damage to the interior and exterior.
Fire officials estimated the fire had caused $50,000 to $60,000 in damage. The building housed the RV dealership’s sales and finance offices, as well as his and his wife’s business offices. No one was hurt in the fire and the business remains open.
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