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San Diego

Fire officials say arson caused an early-morning blaze Sunday that roared through an East San Diego building housing several firms, including a Vietnamese-language newspaper.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was pouring from the second story, which holds the print shop for the newspaper Dien Dan Thanh Nien.

It took 2 dozen firefighters about 45 minutes to extinguish the 3:30 a.m. fire in the two-story structure in the 4900 block of University Avenue, said Capt. Larry Cooke, a Fire Department spokesman.

The blaze, which investigators traced to flammable liquids that were spilled and then ignited, caused $145,000 damage to the building and its contents, Cooke said.

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“We know the fire is an arson, but the rest is still under investigation,” he said.

No one was injured, but several small businesses were displaced by the damage.


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