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Arson eyed in Raleigh house fire

Posted March 18, 2011 7:27 a.m. EDT

— Authorities suspect arson was behind a one-alarm fire at an unoccupied house in Raleigh early Thursday.

A 911 caller reported a fire in a one-story house at 2706 Vanderbilt Ave., about a block off Hillsborough Street, around 4:30 a.m., according to the incident report.

Twenty-five firefighters labored for about a half-hour to bring the blaze under control. No one was injured.

The report states that about 40 percent of the building was damaged, rendering it uninhabitable.

The Raleigh Police Department, State Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and City-County Bureau of Investigation are investigating the cause of the fire.