Arson Fire Engulfs 9-Stall Garage in St. Paul

June 1 - An early morning fire consumed a nine-stall garage at an apartment complex on St. Paul’s eastside Friday. Officials says the fire was arson.

St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said the fire was reported by a resident who went outside for a cigarette.

Crews were dispatched to 1067 Van Dyke St. at 2:13 a.m. and “three of the nine garage stalls were ablaze,” Zaccard said.

The fire quickly burned through the nine-stall structure and the intense heat caused damaged siding on a nearby home.

The blaze caused an estimated $100,000 damage to the garage, which, according to Zaccard, was primarily used for storage by residents of the 17-unit apartment building.

Fire investigators say that fire was intentionally set and they are working with the police department to finalize the investigation.

St. Paul Fire Dept. Photo

St. Paul Fire Dept. Photo

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