Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 13, 2013

Arson suspected in heavy machinery fires

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Arson is suspected in two incidents where heavy machinery was set on fire in neighborhoods west of Traverse City, authorities said.

Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report Thursday of a cement truck set on fire at Concrete Service Inc. on West Front Street. Investigation showed the cement truck was set on fire in the overnight hours.

Another early-morning fire Sunday is also a suspected case of arson. Deputies responded at 5:45 a.m. to a report of a backhoe on fire at a construction site off Silver Lake Road near Copper Ridge.

Anyone with information on the two arson incidents can contact the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Department at 231-995-5002 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or the after-hours number at 231-922-4550. Anonymous tips can be made to 231-947-TIPS.