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Fremont Firefighters Investigate 2-Alarm Blaze As Suspicious

FREMONT (CBS SF) -- Firefighters are investigating a suspicious two-alarm fire that destroyed a vacant four-plex in Fremont early this morning, a deputy fire chief said.

The fire was reported at 4:26 a.m. at a two-story building in the 37200 block of Mission Boulevard, Fremont Deputy Fire Chief Jim Martin said.  It was controlled at about 5 a.m.

The building that burned had been "red-tagged" and deemed unsuitable for living prior to today's fire, Martin said. No one was in the building when crews arrived, and no injuries were reported, he said.

The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the structure, according to the fire department. There were only a few miscellaneous items in the building, which was otherwise empty, Martin said.

Three abandoned cars nearby were destroyed in the blaze, he said.

The fire had multiple points of origin, leading investigators to believe that the blaze may have been set intentionally, Martin said.

Police detained a female who was found uninjured in a nearby abandoned structure and are questioning her about the blaze, he said.

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