Update: The Vacaville Police Department reports the fire was intentionally set and Terry Smith, 45, from Vacaville, has been arrested on suspicion of arson. He was spotted on surveillance cameras, police say. He has been booked into the Solano County Jail.
VACAVILLE -- An events center in Vacaville turned to ashes in an early morning fire on Sunday.
Investigators are looking into what caused the fire that destroyed several rooms inside of the Mission on the Hill.
The outside of the events center looked relatively untouched but the inside was a different story. There was smoke damage throughout the building.
“We’re shell-shocked,” said Dave Roth.
A fire around 5 a.m. Sunday destroyed several rooms in Roth's Vacaville business.
“We do events here seven days a week, 365. So, it’ll put a damper on it for a while,” Roth said.
Whether it be weddings or holiday parties, Roth said he was not sure if he would be able to host any for several months.
The fire destroyed his offices. The banquet hall was still standing but has severe smoke damage.
“We haven’t determined suspicion or cause for the fire,” one investigator said.
As investigators looked into why the fire happened, cleanup began and Roth sorted through what survived the fire.
“This is a Madonna we keep up year-round. It’s white, well it was,” Roth said of a Virgin Mary statue.
Covered in ash, a Madonna painting, found beneath the rubble was unharmed and still standing.
“I’ve been praying all day,” Roth said.
It was a sign for Roth that he will get through this.
“I’m a believer,” Roth stated.
The owner is waiting on insurance quotes, then he will have a better idea of how long it will take them to rebuild the damaged areas.