Authorities investigating arson fire at Meriden car dealership

Authorities investigating arson fire at Meriden car dealership

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MERIDEN — A fire at a North Broad Street car dealership earlier this month was intentionally set.

Fire Marshal Steve Trella said Wednesday that a criminal investigation into the June 8 fire at Five Star Cars dealership, 1801 N. Broad St., is ongoing. Police did not respond to a request for information about the case. 

The roof of the showroom collapsed and several cars in the front of the building were damaged or completely destroyed, but there were no reported injuries. 

Earlier this week on its Facebook Page, Five Star Cars offered a $25,000 reward “for information leading to an arrest” in connection with the fire. Assaad Sakr, owner of Five Star Cars, did not respond to a message seeking comment on Wednesday. 

The fire was reported around midnight and extinguished by 2 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the showroom was on fire.

A total of 12 cars were damaged. Half of the cars damaged were owned by the dealership, while the other half were in for repairs, Trella said.
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