PULLMAN: Fire at student housing site called ‘suspicious’

July 16, 2013 

A fire that destroyed four apartment buildings under construction in Pullman early Sunday has been labeled suspicious, and affects hundreds of Washington State University students who expected to live in the complex when classes begin.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported that some students had already made deposits for apartments in the Grove complex.

Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said the cause of the fire is suspicious because there was no heat source that could have set it off. Police and fire officials are investigating.

No one was living in the buildings, and Heston said there were no injuries.

The fire was reported around 3:15 a.m. Sunday and took two hours to contain. The 100-foot-high flames claimed half of the eight unfinished buildings in the Grove apartment complex.

Heston said many of the construction vehicles on site were full of diesel fuel and gasoline, which ignited, causing several ground-shaking explosions.

The Grove had beds for 584 residents in its eight buildings.

The Associated Press

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