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Mar 5, 2010 11:57 PM by Monica Quintero

San Luis Obispo fire ruled a case of arson

The news that the Foothill Square fire was a case of arson has upset those in the area even more. One business owner said the fire has hurt his business as well. It's damage has been widespread. Leo Garcia, G Brothers Smokehouse owner, said, "I think it's really sad." The fire ruined the Cabo San Luis restaurant and other nearby businesses and that's just part of it.

"First, they hurt the families of whatever employees were working in the building," Garcia said. Employees now can't work becuase of the blaze and it's also impacted Garcia's business. He said that since the fire on Wednesday, his business has been down by about 10-percent."We hope they open soon," Garcia added.

In the meantime, investigators released new information. The San Luis Obispo Fire Investigation Strike team had been examining the scene. Firefighters said it started on an outside wall of Cabo San Luis. "We can rule out discarded cigarettes. We feel it was certainly set whether intentionally or accidentally by people who were engaging in some activity in the area. We don't show any indication that there was an accelerant used or flammable liquid spread that was not the case," San Luis Obispo Fire Chief John Callahan said.

Investigators believe someone knows something. They also said it's a serious crime. Those responsible could end up spending 16 months to nine years behind bars in state prison. Garcia said, "They should pay for that and be in jail."

Garcia hopes the criminals are caught and brought to justice for all in the area. As for what's next, fire investigators will be meeting with police detectives on Monday. They will discuss where they want to take this case and how they want to pursue it.

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