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Police: Arsonists Have It In For Salem Strip Mall

AP | March 28, 2013 12:36 p.m. | Updated: March 28, 2013 1:41 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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Police say it appears that someone is bent on burning a Salem strip mall, having set it afire three times in the past five weeks.

The Statesman Journal reports that the latest fire at the Plaza Del Sol broke out about 4 a.m. Thursday, damaging a restaurant. The mall has seven tenants.

Lt. Steve Birr said the fires appear consistent: amateur efforts using accelerants early in the morning, when the building was otherwise unoccupied.

He said surveillance video has shown two men running from the building.

Birr’s assessment: “I’ve never seen anyone so determined to torch a building.”

Flames went through the roof of the La Movida Bar and Grill on Thursday. Birr said other businesses weren’t damaged, thanks to a sprinkler system.

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