Friday morning's blaze began just before 5:30 this morning at K42 Tattoos on 22nd Street near Wilmot. Firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof to control the fire, which took about 24 minutes.
Later in the day fire investigators determined that this fire was intentionally set, and estimated the cost at $300,000. The repair could take months. Even the equipment was totaled in the blaze.
Another K42 tattoo shop was set ablaze on December 7th. Someone threw a rock through the window, followed by fuel to start a fire. That repair is still being finished. But owner Nicholas Becker said that business will resume there. He said that he is trying to round up equipment to do so because he does not want these fires to end his business, and he did not have enough insurance to cover the damage.
"We're going to rebuild. We're going to rebuild. This isn't, this is not going to hold us down. You know, the Speedway shop that was a warm welcoming. This right here just makes us mad. We're not going to be pushed around," Becker said.
His 22nd Street location burned in an arson fire four years ago.
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