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Fire at Aurora tow company  being investigated as arson

Updated: November 4, 2012 6:13AM



AURORA — A fire at an Aurora towing company is being investigated as a possible arson.

On Sept. 17, a fire broke out at about 5 a.m. at Acey’s Towing (formerly A-1 Towing) at 186 Woodlawn Ave. on the near West Side. There were no injuries and the fire was under control within 10 minutes, according to Aurora Fire Department officials.

According to the fire department, there was about $30,000 in damage.

Initially, police said the fire was not considered an arson, just a fire of unknown origin. On Tuesday, the Fire Department said they now are conducting an arson investigation

“They (investigators) do deem it to be suspicious in nature,” said Aurora Deputy Fire Chief John Lehman.

Lehman said the fire is being investigated by both Aurora Fire Department investigators and the Aurora police.

A-1 has had a long, controversial history in the city. A-1 Discount Towing created a stir in 2007 when it towed dozens of cars from private businesses during downtown festivals sponsored by Aurora and Montgomery.

At the time, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner called the company’s aggressive tactics a “nemesis” to what Aurora was trying to accomplish at the family events.

In March, Aurora police issued a warning about A-1 Discount Towing. Police said Buckeye Towing, which did business as A-1 Discount Towing, should not have been towing vehicles from private property without the permission of the vehicle owner or operator. The company lost its license to perform relocation tows as of Jan. 16, police said.

Acey’s Towing could not be reached for comment Tuesday.



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