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Anderson Co. investigators rule Azalea apartments fire arson

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The fire-destroyed apartment building. (Aug. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina) The fire-destroyed apartment building. (Aug. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Investigators have determined that someone set fire to an Anderson County apartment complex that displaced more than 70 residents in August.

Anderson County Fire Chief Billy Gibson said with the help of State Law Enforcement Division and the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, investigators determined the Aug. 14 Azalea Apartments fire on Nunnally Road is a case of arson.

Gibson said so far, they have not named a suspect but they are actively investigating several leads.

The fire was contained mainly to two apartments, but Gibson said the building's design held all of the heat inside, leaving behind a lot of smoke, heat and water damage, making the entire building uninhabitable.

Gibson said some families lost just about everything and it could take up to six months for them to find new homes, but with public donations that time could be significantly quicker.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Anderson County Fire Department at 864-260-4016 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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