Posted: 6:30 p.m.
With the recent string of fires in downtown Brawley, the chief of police decided to call in the expertise of the National Response Team of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to investigate the latest structure fire.
This was a three-alarm fire Tuesday night around 11:00 p.m.
Other surrounding fire departments assisted because of the size of the fire that caused an estimated $1 million in losses.
Although the cause of the fire is unknown, authorities suspect arson.
"We found ourselves in a position where we don't have the expertise necessary to do the investigation the way it should be done, so we made a request of ATF to come out and give us assistance," said Brawley Chief of Police Mark Gillmore.
Downtown Brawley has been plagued with structure fires since September.
In Tuesday night's fire, two surrounding structures also received smoke and water damage.
The City of Brawley is now offering a $50,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of an arson suspect or suspects.
"We'll work here as long as we need to get the Brawley Police Department the information they need to go forward with this investigation."
If you have any information about this fire, call detective Sgt. Kelly Brown at (760) 351-7777.