The owner's son and employee, Martin Neri, says family members believe this was a break in turned arson. Though firefighters aren't ruling arson out, they say at this point in the investigation they can only rule it as suspicious in nature.
Employees at Neri's Auto in #Sanger came to work to find their office in flames. Crews are now boarding up the office and salvaging what they can. The investigation underway & reaction from the owner tonight on @ABC30 pic.twitter.com/7CcqUdLD6C— Vanessa Vasconcelos (@VanessaABC30) February 25, 2018
The interior or Neri's Auto gutted by flames this morning. The Sanger business is family owned and operated. They say they're remaining optimistic and hope to get a trailer and be back open by the end of the week. @ABC30 pic.twitter.com/svmw1PFnIb— Vanessa Vasconcelos (@VanessaABC30) February 26, 2018
Sanger Fire Chief Greg Tarascou says the investigation could take weeks based on surveillance video they are trying to obtain.
"There were cameras that weren't working at the time but we're trying to do a workaround to make sure that information wasn't loaded onto the Cloud," Tarascou said.
The fire broke out at around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. He attributes a neighbor's 911 call to the quick response and attack by several agencies.
Still trying to determine a point of origin, Chief Tarascou says this investigation could take weeks.
Despite the hardship, the Neri family remains optimistic. The family hopes to reopen by the end of the week.