BRAWLEY — What officials are calling a "suspicious" fire destroyed part of an abandoned warehouse here Sunday night as firefighters from across the Imperial Valley were summoned for help.
Brawley firefighters responded to the vacant structure at Cesar Chavez Boulevard and River Drive shortly after 7:30 p.m., said Brawley Fire Department Capt. Jesse Zendejas.
The doors and gates to the warehouse, which once housed agricultural pesticides and chemicals, were unlocked, Zendejas said.
The fire, which burned for about an hour and a half, destroyed several offices in the warehouse's front section, Zendejas said.
Zendejas said the fire is still under investigation. It's possible the fire was started by vandals, as graffiti was on the walls and trash and debris were scattered around the warehouse, Zendejas said.