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Darmouth apartment fire may be arson

Sept. 2, 2010, Halifax - Investigators believe a fire at a Dartmouth apartment building was deliberately set.

September 2, 2010
By The Canadian Press

Firefighters were called to the Queen Street building shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

No one was hurt but the fire gutted an apartment and several neighbouring units received smoke and water damage.

Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said evidence gathered by investigators and from witnesses led them to believe it was deliberately set.

A man at the scene said someone threw a Molotov cocktail through a window.

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Although police don't know if an arsonist targeted a specific person or room, they believe the building was not chosen at random.

"They were targeting that area for a reason,'' Palmeter said.

Police say the unit where the fire broke out was occupied but no one was home at the time.

The building had 30 tenants. Nine were put up in a motel for the night by the Canadian Red Cross, three others received some support
from the agency and 18 people were allowed back into their homes.