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Arson Suspected in Snowball Stand Fire

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An early morning fire in Leonville has one man believing his business was intentionally burned down because of political signs on his property. A snowball stand undergoing construction is now a pile of rubble. The business owner as well as investigators are now thinking it's arson.

 

The business owner, Kenneth Pitre, believes his property was the target of political backlash following the Presidential election. And it all stems from homemade campaign signs.

 

This is the snowball stand that was still undergoing construction for its grand opening in the summer. And this is what it looks like now.

Pitre believes someone burned it down on purpose because of his anti-Obama campaign signs out front.

 

"It looked like after the election was over with, somebody was trying to celebrate, the way I put it, you know, and burned the building down," said Pitre.

 

Pitre says his signs were the talk of the town for weeks and garnered both praise and threats. But it's what was nailed on this oak tree that leads him to believe it was all done on purpose.

 

"One of the political signs was burned with the, there was evidence that one was burned with the building," said Pitre. "Some pieces of the sign still on the ground."

And Leonville's fire Chief, Bobby Degueyter is suspicious as well.

 

"There was no electricity, no flammable material, no lightening or nothing," said Degueyter. "So, it leads me to believe the building was set on fire on purpose."

 

There's now a $500 reward for any information about the fire. Pitre says although it's a loss right now, he has no regrets and plans to rebuild.

 

"I would like to see justice," said Pitre. "I would like to see the person who is responsible for this incarcerated."

 

The State Fire Marshal will take over the investigation to determine the exact cause.

 

-Caroline Balchunas

An early morning fire in Leonville has one man believing his business was intentionally burned down because of political signs on his property. A snowball stand undergoing construction is now a pile of rubble. The business owner as well as investigators are now thinking it's arson.

 

The business owner, Kenneth Pitre, believes his property was the target of political backlash following the Presidential election. And it all stems from homemade campaign signs.

 

This is the snowball stand that was still undergoing construction for its grand opening in the summer. And this is what it looks like now.

Pitre believes someone burned it down on purpose because of his anti-Obama campaign signs out front.

 

"It looked like after the election was over with, somebody was trying to celebrate, the way I put it, you know, and burned the building down,” said Pitre.

 

Pitre says his signs were the talk of the town for weeks and garnered both praise and threats. But it's what was nailed on this oak tree that leads him to believe it was all done on purpose.

 

"One of the political signs was burned with the, there was evidence that one was burned with the building,” said Pitre. “Some pieces of the sign still on the ground."

And Leonville's fire Chief, Bobby Degueyter is suspicious as well.

 

"There was no electricity, no flammable material, no lightening or nothing,” said Degueyter. “So, it leads me to believe the building was set on fire on purpose."

 

There’s now a $500 reward for any information about the fire. Pitre says although it's a loss right now, he has no regrets and plans to rebuild.

 

"I would like to see justice,” said Pitre. “I would like to see the person who is responsible for this incarcerated."

 

The State Fire Marshal will take over the investigation to determine the exact cause.

 

-Caroline Balchunas

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