An early Thursday morning blaze destroyed a garage in an alleyway near East Fourth Avenue and Gamble Street.

At 2:31 a.m. Thursday, first responders were dispatched to the scene after the Mitchell Department of Public Safety received several reports of a garage fire located at 936 E. Fourth Ave., according to local authorities.

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety is conducting an ongoing investigation. If anyone noticed suspicious activity in the area, the Mitchell Department of Public Safety suggests calling the Mitchell Police Division at 995-8400 or the Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers to leave an anonymous crime tip at 996-1700.

While authorities said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, the structure’s owner Gregory King is suspicious about the nature of the blaze.

King said he was out of the state for work when the garage fire occurred and was notified about the fire via phone call at about 6 a.m. on Thursday morning. By that point, only the charred remains of the standalone garage were left.

King has lived at the house for the past 10 years, and said there has been a history of suspicious activity around the area.

“I’ve had a car stolen from me while living there, and I am suspicious that foul play caused the fire,” King told The Daily Republic on Thursday. “I’ve seen a lot of suspicious activity over the years.”