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Fire damages New Star Books offices: arson suspected

The CBC is reporting that arson investigators are looking into a suspicious fire that damaged the East Vancouver offices of New Star Books.

Sprinklers in the building contained the flames but the business suffered extensive smoke and water damage.

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Captain Gabe Roder said investigators have determined the fire was deliberately set and the Vancouver police arson squad has been called in to continue the investigation.

Details are sketchy at this point, although the Vancouver Sun indicates that the fire at the New Star offices, located on the 3400 block of Commercial Street, was one of four blazes Vancouver fire fighters fought overnight. None of the fires appear to have been connected; the Vancouver Sun claims that the other three resulted from carelessly discarded cigarettes.

There were no injuries as a result of any of the four fires.