Fire at Phoenix auto upholstery shop called suspicious


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Gibby Parra

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 11:54 AM

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PHOENIX -- Firefighters are calling an overnight fire in Phoenix suspicious.

The fire started outside a building near Missouri and 27th avenues around 3:30 a.m. Monday and made its way into an auto upholstery shop.

The building suffered extensive damage before crews were able to put out the flames. Just about everything inside was destroyed.

Lopez Auto Tops was closed at the time and no one was hurt.

The owner said he started the shop with his father in about 1966. The building was made out of all wood and contained glue and tapestries to make custom tops for automobiles as well as auto upholstery.

The owner does not have insurance on the business, but all the cars inside are covered.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time, but firefighters are calling it suspicious.