SPOKANE, Wash. -- Fire investigators determined Monday that a fire which started at Geno's Pizza on Saturday is suspicious.
Investigators said there was no obvious reason for the fire to have started there accidentally.
Several witnesses saw an unidentified man behind Geno's right before the fire started. Authorities are now looking for surveillance video from neighboring businesses to identify a person of interest. However, investigators said they are not willing to label the fire as arson yet.
The three alarm fire also damaged the nearby Sinto Apartments. Officials said at least eight apartment units were damaged.
Fire officials said the back portion of Geno's was heavily damaged. The entire restaurant sustained smoke and water damage. Geno’s has been closed since the fire.
The Sinto Apartments had severe fire damage to the roof and to the apartments on the second floor. All together officials believe there was $100,000 worth of damage.
The Red Cross will be providing temporary housing as well as assistance with food, clothing and medical items to 16 adults, one child and one infant.
None of the tenants are allowed to enter their apartments as fire investigators process the scene for evidence.