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Business owner deals with the aftermath of robbery and fire
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
A Beaumont business owner is outraged after someone robbed his business and started a fire overnight.
It happened at Hall Mc Sween Canvas on Calder.
"We were very fortunate, if this section wouldve caught fire, this is just a lot of flammable stuff to do what we do," Brett Harrington, the owner for the past 25 years said.
Someone set a fire in a storage room. You may not recognize the name of the business, but you probably recognize their work around town, it includes the canvas signs for Posh Baby, the Kolache Bakery in Beaumont and Bella Bella.
Employees are left cleaning up, but that's only the beginning.
"The trauma, the fire was one thing and they're going well is something is missing and I'm going hell I don't know a building this size," Harrington said.
Harrington says thieves also took tools and even the battery from a truck.
"They got the wire cutters and they cut a hole in the fence, they went through the fence into the alley with the stuff they stole," Harrington says.
Monday, employees patched up the mess, while they wondered who would've done this.
"That's the spiteful part of it, you got all kinds of stuff that you can carry out and because you couldn't get the truck started, I guess you decided to set all this on fire," Harrington said.
The fire was so intense, it melted aluminum frames in the storage room.
The frames with canvas were set out for delivery this week, now the owner says he'll have to start over from scratch.
"We've got 8 employees that all make a living here and one of my guys was telling me this morning, 'I know this is hard on ya'll, but I feel violated too. They're trying to take away my living, the way I pay my bills.'" Harrington remembered.
While he works to rebuild and recover, Harrington tries to understand why someone victimized him.
"You got a drug addict that steals tools to maintain his habit, that's one thing. But, when you get into this, that's a different person. That's not just a drug addict or a common thief, this is a vengeful son of a gun," Harrington said.
If you have any information that could help police solve this crime, you're asked to call 833-TIPS.