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Compton building fire arson suspect sought

Firefighters were called to a strip mall on the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Pine Street in Compton on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
May 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
An arson investigation is under way in Compton following what appears to be a case of arson by truck.

Firefighters were called to a strip mall on the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Pine Street around 2:30 a.m. after a truck crashed into a building.

When they arrived, they found the truck as well as the building on fire. Detectives say the pickup truck bounced off a metal roll-up door, minimizing damage to the building.

The driver of the truck fled the scene.

The flames were put out quickly, but authorities say they believe the blaze was an intentional act of arson based on at least on one previous incident involving the property.

The investigation is ongoing.

CNS contributed to this report.


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