ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Police are searching for an arsonist after a fire caused extensive damage to several garages in St. Paul Friday morning.

St. Paul firefighters responded to a report of a nine stall garage on fire at about 2:13 a.m. on the 1000 block of Van Dyke Street. When they arrived, they found an active fire at a garage largely used for residential storage at a 17-unit apartment building. They said three of the nine garage stalls were fully engulfed when crews arrived.

Authorities learned of the fire after a resident of the building went outside to have a cigarette and saw the flames coming from the garage.

van dyke 1067 6 1 12 photo1 Garage At St. Paul Apartment Destroyed By Arsonist

(credit: St. Paul Police)

Investigators say the fire was sent intentionally, and the case has been sent to the St. Paul Police Department for a criminal investigation.

Authorities said the garage, which was worth an estimated $100,000, is a total loss. There was also siding on a nearby house that suffered heat damage, which authorities estimated at $3,500. Nobody was injured in the fire.

The St. Paul Police Department is investigating the incident.


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