Five units responded early Thursday to a one-alarm fire at an apartment building at 2309 Ellis Ave. in what has been ruled arson, a fire department spokesman said. Firefighters had the fire under control within about 20 minutes, Lt. Kent Worley said. Damages are estimated at $95,000.
Investigators are looking for suspects in the arson, Worley said. A resident of the apartments recently had been kicked out, and the fire appeared to have started with an accelerant in the apartment where the person had formally lived, Worley said.
The fire destroyed two units, one of which was vacant, said Emily Getzschman, director of communications for the Chisolm Trail chapter of the Red Cross. One man was displaced by the fire, Getzschman said.