Bryant Cameron, a Broadview resident who worked as a porter at Epic Motorsports, an auto dealership in Rosemont, has been charged with arson after he allegedly started a fire that resulted in extensive damage to the business’s automobiles and office equipment, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement released on Aug. 2.
According to court documents, the fire happened on July 24, when Cameron (whose duties involved cleaning, moving and transporting cars from nearby states) “poured gasoline in the front office, reception and warehouse areas, and lit it on fire with the embers from his cigarette,” the Justice Department statement, which cites a federal criminal complaint and affidavit issued after the blaze.
After he allegedly set fire to the dealership, Cameron, 28, drove from the scene. The blaze attracted fire departments from five different municipalities, with one firefighter sustaining dehydration-related injuries. While no civilian was hurt, the fire “damaged multiple vehicles, tools, office equipment, files and miscellaneous goods, according to the complaint.”
According to the Justice Department statement, “A court-authorized search of Cameron’s vehicle on July 27, 2017, revealed items that had been reported stolen from Epic Motorsports, the [criminal] complaint states.”
Cameron was arrested on July 27 and subsequently charged with one count of arson. He faces between seven and 40 years in prison. His sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at a federal court in Chicago. VFP