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Apartment Building Fire A Case Of Arson

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Flames forced residents to flee from their apartment in Knoxville early this morning and investigators say the fire was a case of arson; now arson investigators are looking for the person or people responsible.
The fire started around 2:30 a.m. at the two-story building on Brownsville Road near the Mt. Oliver border.

The blaze forced four people from their apartments early this morning; but, fortunately, no one suffered any injuries.

Residents told KDKA-TV that several garbage cans around the building had apparently been set on fire prior to the blaze. "My understanding is there were some garbage fires set throughout the night -- about six different fires and one was close to the building and the building then caught on fire," Brenda DeMark of the nearby Pittsburgh Christian Fellowship Church told KDKA-TV.

Arson investigator Detective Michael Burns said burning trash apparently sparked the fire in the building.

As officials try to find suspects in the case, the Red Cross is assisting displaced residents.

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