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Vehicles burned at Durham tow yard

Posted July 10, 2009

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— A fire early Friday at a towing company lot damaged eight vehicles, authorities said.

Neighbors who heard an explosion reported the fire at John's Towing and Recovery on Camden Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

John Johnson, who started the business, which is now owned by his son, said surveillance video shows some people breaking into the vehicles and setting them on fire. He said the videos have been turned over to police.

Some items were reported missing from vehicles, he said.

The lot is for vehicles that have been towed for various reasons, such as following an accident or in a drunken-driving case, Johnson said. The vehicles are stored there until insurance companies complete their investigation of the cases, he said.

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  • Common Sense Man Jul 10, 2009

    "It sounds like someone whose car was impounded may have been trying to recover drugs, then cover their tracks."

    If there were drugs there then nobody else knew about it, so why set fire to the cars?

  • Steve Crisp Jul 10, 2009

    It sounds like someone whose car was impounded may have been trying to recover drugs, then cover their tracks.

  • 68_polara Jul 10, 2009

    Sorry to read this, the people who run this towing company are good people which seems to be the exception in this business rather than the rule. This isn't a great neighborhood but it's also not the worst in Durham.