Brighton flea market owner believes fire was an arson

Brighton flea market owner believes fire was an arson

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The flea market is a complete loss. Source: WBRC video The flea market is a complete loss. Source: WBRC video
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The owner of a flea market in Brighton tells FOX6 he has reason to believe his business was intentionally set on fire by someone.

Wednesday evening three different fire departments battled the blaze but despite their efforts the long-time business is a total loss.

The flea market is located on Bessemer Super Highway and Patton Avenue. The owner of the business, Sam, didn't want to go on camera but he was more than happy to talk off camera about the fire.

Instead of setting up merchandise outside of his business he is now picking up the charred pieces.

Joe Talley worked with Sam at the store.

"I can't see why someone would mess with this stuff," Talley said.

Talley said Sam is a good man and one who doesn't deserve this.

"He tried to help the community. He tried to help people. Homeless people. He's just a good man," said Talley.

A viewer sent in video of the fire and authorities say a passerby saw flames coming from the building just after six o'clock.

When fire crews arrived they say the entire building was engulfed with flames.

"It just really hurts me because this is something that we have to try to re-fix and it shouldn't have been like that," Talley said.

Sam, along with Talley, said they have reason to believe someone intentionally set the building on fire.

"There's no electricity, water," said Talley.

The fire may be out but the concerns still linger for people like Talley.

"They burnt this down they could do it to somebody else," he said.

FOX6 tried contacting the Brighton Fire Department to get an update on the case. The chief did not return our calls but we're told the case in still under investigation.

Reporter Vanessa Araiza will have more on this story tonight after the ALCS Game 5.

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