TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — According to the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, an investigation is underway into the suspected arson of a food truck.
It happened on May 26 when Otter Creek Fire Department officials were dispatched after 2:30 a.m., and later they found Bobby Que’s food truck on fire in a driveway.
Taylor Hardy, Public Information Officer with Otter Creek F.D., said officials first arriving to the scene upgraded the call to a vehicle fire with exposure. That means a possible threat to nearby structures.
After controlling the fire in under eight minutes, investigators determined the fire was not naturally made.
“Anytime you mess with arson it has potential to spread. Being in close proximity to a house, that’s easy to jump over, especially with windy conditions like we get frequently,” Vigo County Sheriff, John Plasse said. “It’s nothing to mess around with, number one; it’s illegal, it’s dangerous, and could take somebody’s life,”
While there are potential leads, an investigation is on-going.
“That’s a big hit for them (Bobby Que’s). Obviously they can’t go out and market what they have because their equipment was intentionally damaged,” Plasse added. “Why them? You just think, what happened?”
Below is a statement from Nikki Flak, co-owner of Bobby Que’s:
“To say that we are devastated that someone did this is an understatement. To some it may be just a trailer but to us it was like a home. Something we poured our love, passion, and dedication in to, so many memories; we can’t imagine how people feel who have suffered far more loss. We appreciate all the calls, messages, donations, and support we have received from the community! We will still be serving from the Terre Haute Brewing Company and offering catering services. This isn’t the end of Bobby Que’s, just a stumble in the road. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help, yes we have insurance but just like everything else in today’s world the prices to replace have skyrocketed, even just a shared post means more than you know, it could just lead to the person who did this.
We ask if anyone knows anything about this to please contact the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.”