Police following leads in Video 2000 arson

January 30, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

El Centro police are investigating leads after an arson at a video store early Monday morning.

Burning videos in the night-drop slot caused some damage to the Video 2000 store at 1111 S. 4th St. shortly before 12:30 a.m., but store owner Kathy Duggins didn't let that close her business.

"We were pretty lucky … The police put it out," before the fire spread, Duggins said.

El Centro police Officers Veronica Amparano and Shannon Hart, responding to a 911 call, spotted flames at the front of the closed business and after dampening the flames somewhat with a fire extinguisher through the night slot, one of the officers broke a window to get inside the building. They extinguished the flames with water and a fire extinguisher, said El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria.

Firefighters later doused and cleared smoke from the business.

Duggins said she has arranged for repairs to the business, and it's "almost good as new."


A witness told police someone started the fire by putting something into the drop slot. Police are following leads. Longoria said state Department of Justice investigators will help try to identify what was put in the slot to start the fire.

"We do have some leads we are following up on," Longoria said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 337-4525.

Staff Writer Marcy Misner can be reached at 337-3441.

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