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Surveillance Video: Suspect caught on tape during Gordon's Golf & Ski arson

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Crews begin the clean-up process Friday. Crews begin the clean-up process Friday.
Gordon's Golf and Ski temporary store on Arlington. Gordon's Golf and Ski temporary store on Arlington.

Police need help to solve the arson at an iconic Greenville business.

A couple of months ago Gordon's Golf and Ski caught fire.
At first police thought it was an accident, but it didn't take them long to label it suspicious.
They released surveillance video released Tuesday. Police hope someone will recognize the person in the video and come forward to help them close this case.
If you can help, give police a call.

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Gordon's Golf and Ski Shop is back open for business.

Police are asking for the public's help in the investigation into a fire that destroyed the business in April.  Employees say $10,000 - 20,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from a storage unit the next night after the fire.

For now, they have opened up in a shop across the street from their old location on Arlington Blvd. 

The owner says they are working overtime to try and get the store back up to normal.

They are having a huge sale on almost all of their items that may have been exposed to smoke.

Detectives investigating the fire at Gordon's Golf & Ski said Thursday they believe there are people in the community who have information about the suspects that set the fire. And they're asking those people to come forward and talk about the case.

A reward for information that leads to an arrest in the arson is being offered by Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers.

If you have information about the case, you're asked to contact Greenville Police at 252-329-4186 or CrimeStoppers, at 252-758-7777.

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A criminal investigation is underway into a fire that destroyed a local business that had been open for more than 40 years.

Greenville Police Detectives confirm a fire at Gordon's Golf Ski and Snowboards was intentionally set.

Firefighters said the fire started just before 9 p.m. Thursday night and no one was inside at the time.

9 On Your Side was the first on the scene Thursday night as the fire raged through the business on Arlington Boulevard.
Emergency crews as well as Greenville Police were on scene and a portion of Arlington Boulevard was closed as they fought the fire.

"The whole showroom was on fire and it was coming through the roof and everything. There was a lot of smoke," said witness Landis Wilson.

Heavy smoke and water damage lead the building to be condemned Friday.

9 On Your Side talked with owner Gordon Fulp who says he found out around 8:30 p.m. Thursday when his security company called to say someone had broken into the store.  When Fulp arrived, he found the thief was a massive fire.

"It's sort of a shock.  Neither one of us slept last night.  Just thinking about what to do next and we're so use to coming in every day," said Fulp.

Fulp says they are unsure whether they will reopen or sell the business but that decisions will have to come after police finish their investigation into who set the fire.

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Firefighters battled a fire at Gordon's Golf Ski and Snowboards shop in Greenville Thursday night.

The store is located on Arlington Blvd. No one was inside at the time. Firefighters say the fire started after business hours, around 8:50 p.m.

We're told the store's fire alarm went off, firefighters were paged by dispatch and witnesses called in to report the fire.

Four fire trucks, three EMS units, one rescue unit and Greenville Police officers responded.

On-duty Battalion Chief Paul Ahearn says there is lots of heavy smoke and water damage. However, he doesn't know how much fire damage there is yet.

Ahearn says they have not yet determined the cause of the fire and he would not describe it as "suspicious" or "not suspicious" just yet. 

The fire closed a portion of Arlington Blvd. Thursday evening but it has since reopened.

Stay with 9 On Your Side as we continue to gather information.

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