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Police: Man suspected of arson in Bismarck apartment fire

June 5, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in Bismarck say a 45-year-old man is suspected of starting a fire at an apartment building.

Police say the man is in custody on suspicion of arson.

The fire caused a partial roof collapse early Wednesday and forced the evacuation of all residents of the 24-unit building. No one was hurt.

Police say while the fire was being tended to, an alarm call was received at Pier One Imports. Officers found the store had been broken into and located the suspect.

Authorities did not say why they linked the man to the fire. Police Lt. Luke Gardiner tells The Bismarck Tribune the man does not live at the apartment building.

The suspect is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday. Court records do not list an attorney.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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