A fire apparently set by a burglar caused major damage to a building in Visalia used by the Tulare Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for offices.
Armondo Apodaca, executive director, said it appears a burglar took two TVs and electronic devices before setting the fire.
The building at 1100 W. Main St. was reported on fire at 4:11 p.m. Sunday, the Visalia Fire Department said.
Firefighters saw smoke from the outside, broke in and found heavy smoke and fire and put it out in 10 minutes.
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The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damages to the building and $40,000 in damages to contents. The pre-fire value of the building and contents is estimated at $225,000.
The fire is under investigation, said battalion chief Danny Wristen. The fire department is not confirming a burglary occurred while the fire is under investigation but is working with police, he said.
The chamber will continue with planned events, including a Cinco de Mayo parade and festival on May 1, Apodaca said.