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Investigators determined that an arsonist set a massive fire that destroyed an under-construction apartment building in Concord, according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The fire broke out around 1 a.m. on April 24 and quickly ripped through the five-story, wooden structure at 1905 Concord Blvd.
After examining evidence including surveillance video, the ATF found that the fire “was intentionally set and is considered an act of arson,” said Jill A. Snyder, an agent with the ATF San Francisco Field Division, in a statement. “This investigation is still ongoing and we encourage anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact ATF.”
Surveillance videos show an individual carrying items inside the building. The bureau is offering a $25,000 reward for more information.
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