Roseville apartment building fire called arson

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 4, 2011 - 7:37 PM
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Fire damage could be seen Wednesday after a fire broke out at Centennial Commons apartments in Roseville Tuesday night.

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Arson is being blamed for an apartment building fire in Roseville this week that forced dozens of people from their homes, caused about $1 million in damage and left three units condemned.

Roseville police and fire investigators said Friday that they are awaiting Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) laboratory results on material recovered from the scene before specifically citing the cause of the Tuesday fire. It occurred at the Centennial Garden Apartments complex, 2825 N. Pascal St.

Police have yet to say exactly what has led investigators to suspect arson.

Officers responding to the fire saw smoke and flames coming from second- and third-floor apartments. The entire 23-unit building was evacuated, with firefighters using a ladder to rescue one person from a second-floor window.

About 50 residents have been unable to return to their homes. Fire and smoke damage led to the three units' condemnation, police said.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information about the fire to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Arson Hot Line at 1-800-723-2020.

PAUL WALSH

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