By Chris Furguson
The City of Brawley upped the ante on their pursuit of a suspected arsonist 
within the city after another major fire happened in the downtown section of the 
city after an emergency meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
The reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the 
suspected arsonist has increased from $5,000 to $50,000 after the council voted 
in closed session.
The meeting, part of which took place in closed session, was called after the A 
Plus Furniture store burned in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.  Fighitng the 
fire caused smoke and water damage to two nearby businesses.
The April 10 fire was the latest in a series of blazes terrorizing the downtown 
area of Brawley.  At least four downtown Brawley buildings have burned in the 
past eight months with many other smaller fires being reported and stopped.
A three-alarm call was made during the April 10 fire, which involved agencies 
from as far as Calexico, Niland and the Naval Air Facility – El Centro.
The investigation into all the fire activity is still ongoing and anyone with 
information is urgenty asked to contact Detective Sergeant Kelly Brown at 
(760)351-7777.
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