The owner of Coconut Charlie’s increased the reward to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest of the person who set fire to the Pasadena bar in late July.
Owner Chris Welsh added an additional $10,000 to the original $5,000 reward from the ATF. In a Facebook post Welsh reflected on the loss of his business, “Since the fire, life for me has changed in away that I really can't put into words. For 9 years I always was at my business making it the best place to work, the best place for my customers to be, and having the cleanest safest place to hang out at in Pasadena.”
Vowing to return to business Welsh said, “It will be better than ever and as good as our opening day, week and year we had back in 2008, come 2018, 10 years later, It will be something that won't have a comparison. You, the people who will read this, and the ones who are missing us, will be the reason why It [Sic] will be the best.
An early morning fire at the bar on July 28 injured a firefighter and caused an estimated $200,000 worth of damage.
Fire officials said the blaze was intentionally set.