by Sarah See
Arson is suspected for a Roseville apartment building fire that displaced 50 residents, caused about $1 million in damage, and condemned three apartment units, according to the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press Friday.
Police and fire investigators are awaiting laboratory results from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) on material recovered from the scene before specifying the cause of the fire, according to both news reports.
Police labeled the fire suspicious and have not said what led investigators to suspect arson, according the news reports.
Officers dispatched to the Centennial Garden Apartments complex fire at 2825 Pascal St. N. around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday saw smoke and flames coming from the second and third floors when they arrived, according to the Pioneer Press.
The entire 23-unit building was evacuated. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue one resident from a second-floor window, but all other residents exited safely, according to the reports.
Police are asking for the public's help in gathering information by calling Crime Stoppers or the Arson Hot Line, according to both reports.