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Fire that damaged 3 Hamilton businesses ruled arson

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Posted at 3:44 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 17:32:47-05

HAMILTON, Ohio -- A fire that caused $500,000 in damages to three stores at the Hamilton Plaza has been ruled an arson, fire officials told The Journal-News. 

The Journal-News reported Hamilton firefighters battled the blaze Nov. 1 that erupted in the Rent-A-Center on Dixie Highway in the Hamilton Plaza. Two neighboring businesses — Chatti Salon and Family Dollar — suffered heavy smoke damage, according to Hamilton Fire Chief Steve Dawson.

After initially ruling the fire “suspicious,” it is now officially ruled an arson, Fire Investigator Trevor Snider told The Journal-News Friday.

“It was arson and is currently under investigation,” he said. “We are still looking at evidence and won’t be releasing further information at this time.”

The State Fire Marshall’s Office assisted with the investigation initially due to the size of the blaze.

A spokeswoman with the State Fire Marshall’s Office did not offer further information about the fire when contacted Friday. 

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