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Fire at W.Va. warehouse investigated

April 15, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.

A preliminary investigation shows that a fire in a vacant warehouse Friday might have been intentionally set, a fire captain said.

The fire was reported at 5:46 p.m. at a vacant fruit warehouse near the intersection of Queen Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Capt. Steve Canby of the Martinsburg Fire Department said.

The warehouse is part of a complex owned by Vincent Groh, he said.

Firefighters forced open the door to the warehouse after seeing smoke coming from the two-story building. A fire on the first floor was put out in about 20 minutes, Canby said.

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Nobody was found inside the building, but investigators did find four separate places from which flames appeared to emanate.

"I have a feeling that it was set," Canby said.

The blaze remains under investigation.

The building is still standing, and Canby said a dollar estimate of damages was not yet available.

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