Porter Faces Arson Charges After Dealership Fire Featured
03 August 2017
An employee of an Illinois used-car dealership has been charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire that heavily damaged the store’s vehicles and office equipment.Bryant Cameron set the fire at Epic Motorsports in Rosemont on July 24, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Cameron poured gasoline in the front office, reception and warehouse areas, and lit it on fire with the embers from his cigarette, the complaint states. He then quickly drove away from the scene, according to the complaint.Fire departments from five different municipalities worked to extinguish the blaze. One firefighter suffered injuries consistent with dehydration, the complaint states. The fire damaged multiple vehicles, tools, office equipment, files and miscellaneous goods, according to the complaint. Cameron was arrested on July 27 and charged with one count of arson. The charge is punishable by a minimum sentence of seven years in prison and a maximum of 40 years. According to the complaint, Cameron’s duties at Epic Motorsports involved cleaning and moving cars, and picking up vehicles from neighboring states. Cameron was the last person to leave the facility on the night of the fire, the complaint states. A court-authorized search of Cameron’s vehicle on July 27 revealed items that had been reported stolen from Epic Motorsports, the complaint states.