VISTA (CNS) - Fire officials believe a two-alarm blaze at a vacant business in Vista was intentionally set, a sheriff's sergeant said Wednesday.
CBS News 8 acquired cell phone video of the fire captured by a witness who was at the scene. It shows a vacant building going up in flames at the Vista strip mall.
The former pot dispensary went up in smoke and firefighters had to go into 'defensive mode'.
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, according to sheriff's Sgt. Dwain Washington.
Washington said firefighters who extinguished the blaze were treating its cause 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.