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Investigators believe massive St. Paul fire was started deliberately

An industrial complex went up in flames.
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Authorities believe that the massive fire that tore through a St. Paul industrial complex was started intentionally.

The St. Paul Fire Department issued a statement Monday regarding Saturday's massive blaze at Selby and Hamline, which sent a huge plume of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles around.

The department says responders arrived to find "heavy flames" coming from three buildings at the complex. It required 4 ambulances, five chief officers, and 86 personnel in total to get the fire under control, which took almost an entire day.

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Also damaged in the blaze was an adjacent Concordia University building, while the Selby Avenue bridge had to be shut down due to concerns of heat damage.

"The fire is suspected to have been intentionally set, SPFD and SPPD investigators are working on the investigation," the department said, noting that vehicles, auto parts, and tires at the site fueled the fire.

The department also noted there have been two prior fires at the same site, in 2007 and 2017.

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