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Originally published June 20, 2014 at 6:02 AM | Page modified June 20, 2014 at 9:55 PM

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Fire destroys Vancouver apartment building project

Fire destroyed an apartment building with about 90 units that was under construction in Vancouver.


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VANCOUVER, Wash. —

Fire destroyed an apartment building with about 90 units that was under construction in Vancouver.

The fire broke out about 3:30 a.m. Friday and went to two-alarms as it brought the four-story structure to the ground.

Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli told KOIN (http://bit.ly/1w2JApM ) flames forced firefighters to take a "defensive approach," pouring on water from outside.

Natural gas helped fuel the flames until a utility crew shut off the line.

There are no reported injuries.

Scarpelli says investigators looking for the cause of the fire will likely bring in a dog trained to detect any accelerants. She also says investigators may ask for assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Witnesses told KATU (http://bit.ly/1lb1zHl ) they heard an explosion and saw the sky turned orange.



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