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Apartment fire Monday was intentionally set

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter

Fire investigators said that a Monday night fire at a Vancouver apartment building was unrelated to a fire at the same complex earlier this month.

Vancouver firefighters were sent to the Madison Park Apartments, 12901 N.E. 28th St., just before 8 p.m. Monday and crews arrived to find flames coming from a second-story window.

Within about five minutes, firefighters snaked a hose to the apartment and knocked down the blaze, which was burning in a single room.

Investigators have since determined that the fire, which caused an estimated $17,500 in damage to structure and contents, was intentionally set, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said.

She wouldn’t divulge information about how the fire started so as to not compromise the investigation.

No arrests have been made, but investigators are actively pursuing leads, Scarpelli said.

Firefighters and fire investigators were at the property less than two weeks prior for a two-alarm fire that displaced 17 people in nine apartment units, Scarpelli said.

The Aug. 3 fire caused an estimated $1.63 million in damage to the apartment building and another $735,469 in loss of contents, Scarpelli said.

The fire was started accidentally along a fence line that the apartment complex shares with a house, Scarpelli said. Investigators revealed that the fire started in an area that had been used to dump barbecue briquettes, which kindled the blaze that the wind helped spread to the arborvitae and the structure, Scarpelli said.

Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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