Ongoing Investigation into Corner Flea Market Fire

The investigation into a late-night fire at a furniture resale store on Ruth and Osage on Wednesday continues.

Witnesses reported seeing a white truck drive by the resale shop, throwing something at the building.

Captain James Brown of the Corpus Christi Fire Department said the fire was intentionally set, but he cannot confirm that someone in a white truck drove by and set the fire.

Felipe 'Chucky' Valerio's Corner Flea Market is located at Ruth an Osage. His business has been open since January, and right now he is hoping to salvage something from the fire; but things don't look good.

Valerio resold everything from beds to clothing. Most of those items were destroyed in the fire, which started Wednesday night at around 8:30 p.m. The state fire marshal was called in along with a K-9 unit to try and figure out what exactly started the fire, but nothing was found.

"The most important thing, nobody got hurt," Valerio said. "It didn't spread to the neighbors, or nobody else got hurt. This can be replaced. We can open the resale shop again, keep on going."

Mary Rodriguez lives down the street from the business, and loves shopping there. She promised to help Valerio restock his store when and if it reopens.

The fire department said the building suffered heavy fire damage, and they are not sure if it can be saved. But Valerio wants to reopen, and his customers are willing to help him do just that.


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