TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Investigators believe a fire at a Tiverton business early Friday morning may been intentionally set.
A patrol officer spotted the small fire at Artisan Antiques on Main Road at about 5 a.m., according to Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd.
Firefighters responded and were able to quickly douse the flames.
The damage to the shop was minimal, according to Lloyd, and it was able to open for business on Friday.
“The officer’s quick actions from the Tiverton Police Department actually saved that business,” the chief said. “A few more minutes and it would’ve made a major difference in the outcome of the story.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Lloyd said the evidence at the scene suggests it may have been arson.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Arson Watch Hotline at (401) 383-7723.