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Emergency crews responded to a fire in the city that has been ruled arson, according to York City Fire Chief David Michaels. The fire, in the 700 block of East Market Street, was called in around 6 p.m.

Michaels said the fire was started on the second floor, in the rear of an apartment and was contained to that area. He said it took the crew about 20 minutes to distinguish the fire. Damage is estimated at roughly $40,000, Michaels said, however, the building is salvageable.

The apartment was vacant at the time of the fire, Michaels said, but there were some belongings left there by two former residents currently staying somewhere else.

Building resident Maureen Campbell said she and her husband had belongings in the building. She said she was coming back from her friend's house when she got a call that there was a fire in the building.

"Smoke was pouring out the back," she said.

Campbell said she believes the fire was set intentionally because about a week ago, she and a neighbor discovered a fire that someone had set in the hallway. She said they heard the smoke detectors go off, discovered the fire and put it out. She said they did not report it at that time.

Michaels said since they believe the fire was set intentionally, York City Police will be investigating it along with the fire department.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com

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