GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) — Police are hoping surveillance footage will help them find the person who deliberately set fire to an iconic Gaston County restaurant early Thursday morning.
According to the Gastonia Fire Department, crews responded to Tony’s Ice Cream, located off East Franklin Boulevard, around 5:45 a.m., where they found no fire, but determined a fire had started. product inside.
Gastonia’s Office of the Fire Marshal said the fire was incendiary, meaning it was started intentionally. The extent of the damage to the building has not yet been communicated.
As a result of the investigation, the fire marshal contacted the Gastonia Police Department to begin a criminal investigation.
Gaston County fire investigators say an iconic ice cream shop was deliberately set on fire.
Detectives determined the suspect smashed a business window, threw a flammable accelerant inside the shattered window and fled.
Surveillance captured images the actions of the suspect.
An ice cream parlor employee was inside the building when the fire broke out but was not injured.
Tony’s has been a staple in the area since the last 100+ years.
The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Gaston County Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.
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