An early morning blaze Wednesday that scorched the garage of a vacant apartment building undergoing renovations in Escondido was considered suspicious, authorities said.

Investigators believe the fire in the 1000 block of North Escondido Boulevard, a little north of Ronald Packard Parkway, may have been the result of arson, a police spokesman said, but did not say why.

A witness called 911 to report smoke in the area about 3:05 a.m., Escondido Battalion Chief Andre Paredes said.

“The first arriving engine began firefighting efforts (and) aggressive actions by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 15 minutes,” he said.

—City News Service

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