A vacant, two-story building went up in flames Tuesday morning in Manteca.
The mixed-use building, on West Yosemite and Sycamore, caught fire just before 5 a.m.
Carlon Perry, a native and former mayor of the city, says the building's demise was imminent.
"I'm not surprised one bit," Perry said. "I almost expected it."
Perry remembers a better time for the building, when it was a soda shop called Scoops.
"When I was in the 50's, it was a major place to go for the kids, read the comics for free," Perry told FOX40.
But the recent years haven't been kind to the building. It had fallen into a state of disrepair and declared "substandard" by the state. Residents and businesses were forced to move.
Fire investigators consider Tuesday morning's blaze suspicious, but have yet to determine an exact cause.