January 5, 2012 12:38:00 PM
Columbus police are investigating a possible arson and vandalism that occurred at Columbus Marble Works.
Investigators believe the incident happened some time this week, but it is unknown exactly what day or time. Police were called to the business Tuesday morning.
Investigator Thomas Watkins said the amount of the damage is unknown, but it could be as high as $500,000.
"The last time the plant manager was inside the plant was Saturday afternoon," Watkins said. "This could have happened anywhere between Saturday night and (Tuesday) morning."
The officer said some machinery, including saws and a forklift was damaged and there was a lot of smoke damage. He said a window was knocked out and someone set one of the offices on fire.
"It burnt some papers in the office," Watkins said, noting the contents of the papers is unknown.
The business was open Tuesday, according to a shift supervisor.
Columbus Fire and Rescue Chief Ken Moore said Columbus firefighters were not dispatched to the scene to handle the fire, which died on its own.
Police do not have suspects in the case but are still investigating.
Columbus Marble Works is on Highway 45 North.
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