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Police investigating late-night arson

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YAKIMA--A late-night fire destroys a home in Yakima, and investigators suspect foul play.

Witnesses told police that right before they noticed the fire on the 1700 block of South Seventh Avenue, a man ran out of the house.

Crews were called to the scene at 11:35 p.m. Saturday.  It took 15 firefighters about ten minutes to extinguish the flames inside and outside the building.

No one was home at the time.  Investigators tell KNDO it looked like the tenants had just moved out.

Their investigation confirmed what witnesses suspected:  this fire was set intentionally.

Neighbors say a steady stream of tenants have came and went from the home over the past few years.  The fire has people worried.

"It makes me feel very unsafe," Amanda Boehler said.  She decided to adopt a Rottweiler for added protection.  "Knowing that it could happen right in the middle of the night, right next door to you makes me feel a little bit more uneasy."

Investigators didn't have a description of the suspect available this afternoon except that it's believed to be a male.

Damages are estimated at $48,000.

Anyone with information should call the arson investigation hotline at 1-800-55-ARSON (1-800-55-27766) or Yakima Fire at 509-575-6140.

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