The beleaguered Empire Theatre on the Miracle Mile, was the site of a two-alarm fire at about 7 p.m. Sunday.
According to Stockton Fire Department Battalion Chief Shannon Lewis the fire apparently began inside the two-story building in the 1800 block of Pacific Avenue. It is not known if anyone was inside the shuttered facility at the time of the fire, which is under investigation. Three fire trucks and six fire engines responded to the scene.
The building once the home of nine businesses, was shut down in 2017 due to numerous safety and fire violations. On Tuesday, Stockton Police Department officers responded to the report of a suspicious person on the property. Two men were arrested on trespassing and other charges.