Driven by strong winds, a blaze charred an abandoned market in El Centro on Sunday before firefighters gained the upper hand on the suspected arson.
About 15 El Centro firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze at the market at the corner of Sixth Street and Orange Avenue.
The El Centro Fire Department received the call before 3 p.m. and it was two hours before they left the scene.
One fire official said the key concern was strong winds could have caused flames to spread. Firefighters prevented that from happening.