Arson Investigation Underway at New Citrus Heights Business

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CITRUS HEIGHTS --

It was dark and wet when fire broke out at a small strip mall overnight in Citrus Heights.

When the sun came up, there were just a few hints that damage was done to a storefront off Greenback Lane.

It was enough for Sharaz Akram, owner of Greenback Tires and Wheels, to take notice.

His business is located across the parking lot.

"I just noticed this morning the windows were broken and everybody was looking at it," Akram said.

Akram tells FOX40 part of the building that caught fire had been vacant for years.

He assumed it was robbed, but Sac Metro Fire is investigating it as arson.

A new tattoo parlor was slated to open there in the coming weeks.

A sign on the front door says appointments would be available as soon as Sunday, but now the business owners have $35,000 worth of damage to deal with.

Emilio Lopez is a cook at Erica's Cafe next door. He was looking forward to the tattoo shop breathing new life into the shopping center.

"It's pretty sad that they gotta come in here and terrorize that," Lopez said.

FOX40 couldn't get a hold of the owner of the new tattoo parlor, but Lopez feels bad for him, because of the major setback he now faces.

"I'm pretty sad because people are trying to make business, they're trying to make a living," said Lopez.

The fire didn't hurt anyone or leave any other buildings damaged.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sac Metro Fire's anonymous arson tip line at (916) 859-3775.

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