Two fires that occurred just a week apart at the same construction zone on Indio Boulevard earlier this month are being investigated as arson.
The first fire completely destroyed the car wash portion of the construction project, according a news release by Sergeant Paul Heredia of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
The second fire completely destroyed the new gas station, Heredia added.
Heredia writes that the project was approximately 90% complete at the time of the first fire.
Investigators believe the two fires are arson and related.
Officers with the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force are currently conducting an arson instigation. Officers are asking for the public's help in the identification and arrest of the suspect/s responsible for these arsons.
The department revealed that a private person is offering a reward of $50,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the arsons.