The Fire That Claimed Late Nite Pie Was Arson

Late Nite Pie burned nearly to the ground at 4 a.m. on a February morning earlier this year.
Late Nite Pie burned nearly to the ground at 4 a.m. on a February morning earlier this year.
Photo by Andrew Shrewsbury

When late-night Midtown pizza joint Late Nite Pie burned down in February, our commenters were quick to call foul.

"Two words: Stanky Arson," said commenter LoWest, in a reference to the pizza place's infamous Stanky Whore pizza.

Chimed in commenter Padams below: "Two words: Insurance Fraud. That place has been going downhill for a long time."

As usual, fair readers, your Spidey sense was right: KHOU reported this morning that former manager Raymond Pecher has been charged with arson after investigators found evidence linking him to the fire.

"The Houston Fire Department determined the cause of the fire to be intentional after identifying four separate origins for the flames, two on the ground floor and two upstairs. Investigators also found the burned remnants of a plastic gasoline container in the food prep area," said KHOU.

"With the aid of surveillance tape obtained from the neighboring car lot, investigators observed Pecher leaving the restaurant just as smoke began issuing from the west side of the building."

You can read the entire criminal complaint at our sister blog, Hair Balls.

Pecher is currently in custody, held on a $100,000 bond. According to the HFD, its investigators are still actively working the case with hopes of more arrests to follow. I'm betting the Late Nite Pie tip pool won't help them now.

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