Firefighters believe two-alarm fire to be arson

VISTA (KUSI) – 9:19 a.m. – The blaze caused roughly $100,000 in damage to a vacant business and neighboring office in a Vista strip mall.
   
According to Deputy Chief Ned Vander Pol of the Vista Fire Department, firefighters from Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos and Carlsbad had the blaze at the 1,600-square-foot office building contained in about 20 minutes.

7:04 a.m. – The two-alarm blaze at a vacant business in Vista Tuesday was believed to be intentionally set.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Dwain Washington, a witness told authorities a man wearing an oversized black t-shirt and jeans was standing in front of the building at 631 S. Santa Fe Ave. shortly before it went up in flames around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday.   

Firefighters were treating it as arson. The sheriff’s department’s Bomb/Arson Unit was summoned to further investigate. 

Anyone with information on the fire was asked to call the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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