Fire and police investigators are following tips they hope will lead them to who started a Jan. 24 fire that destroyed the historic Fox Theatre in downtown El Centro.
El Centro fire investigators determined the blaze that consumed the Fox and two adjoining buildings started after a match was set to a pile of rags and paper in a storage area in the abandoned theater at Seventh Street between Main and State streets.
El Centro Fire Chief Charles Beard said investigators found new leads Wednesday, but he declined to comment on the nature of the leads. He said those tips are being looked into.
When asked if the fire could have been started by transients living in the building, Beard said that is part of the investigation and declined to say if that was one scenario being considered as the cause.