A fire that destroyed three vehicles and damaged two others as well as part of a building on South First Street in King City has been determined as arson. (Contributed Photo)

KING CITY — King City authorities have launched an arson investigation after multiple vehicles were intentionally set on fire early New Year’s Eve at a business in the 300 block of South First Street.

At about 2:35 a.m. on Dec. 31, King City police officers and firefighters found three vehicles fully engulfed in flames. After extinguishing the fire, the extent of the damages was determined to be about $60,000 worth, which included the total loss of three vehicles plus smoke damage to two other vehicles and the building.

“The ensuing parallel investigation between the police and fire departments determined the fire was intentionally set,” police said in a news release.

Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to call the King City Police Department at 831-386-5980 or the anonymous WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

“The investigation is continuing, and no other information is being released at this time,” police said.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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