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East End apartment arson still under investigation

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Fire Department investigators are still looking into an arson that destroyed several apartments inside an East End house on Wednesday.

The fire at 1587 Jackson St. started on the second floor just before 5:30 p.m. and had spread to the attic by nightfall. Firefighters spent hours containing the blaze Wednesday night. No neighboring homes were affected.

Charleston Fire Capt. Ken Tyree said Thursday that it's too early to say who started the fire or how it ignited, but that it was definitely arson. At first, officials believed the fire could have been the result of a methamphetamine lab because of prior incidents at some of the apartments, Tyree said. However, the preliminary investigation on Thursday doesn't indicate a meth-related fire or explosion, he said. The house is split into three or four apartments and all tenants escaped unharmed.


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