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.