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Pullman fire called suspicious

Sat., May 26, 2012, 7:27 a.m.

A community building at an apartment complex in Pullman was destroyed by fire early this morning, the second such fire in a week.

Pullman fire investigators say the blaze at the Chief Joseph apartment complex, owned by Washington State University, is suspicious.

The two-story building destroyed this morning housed no residents.

On Tuesday, another community building, this one at the Nez Perce apartment complex, also owned by WSU, was burned.

Both community buildings are used for meetings and have to be reserved by apartment residents, according to a news release from the Pullman Fire Department.

A resident of the nearby Cedar Ridge apartments called in the most recent fire at 3:31 a.m. Residents in surrounding apartments were evacuated, the news release said.

Pullman police had been patrolling the area 30 to 45 minutes earlier and had not seen suspicious activity, they reported.

Fire investigators and an arson investigator will spend the day trying to determine the cause of the fire, the news release said.

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