Atwater apartment fire prompts arson probe

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An arson investigation is underway after a fire burned through several apartments in Atwater.

An arson investigation is underway after a fire burned through several apartments in Atwater. Authorities say the flames broke out just before 5 a.m. Sunday in an alley between the apartments on Atwater Boulevard near First Street and a tire shop next door.

Everyone made it out safely, but 11 people are now displaced. The Red Cross was called in to help those families.

Authorities are looking for a person of interest, but they have not released a name.
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