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Suspicious fire rips through 'mini-dorm'

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An investigation was underway Friday into a fire believed to have been intentionally set near San Diego State University at a so-called "mini-dorm," where $200,000 in damage was reported.

The non-injury blaze in the 5100 block of Tipton Street near Montezuma Road in the College area, erupted shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson.

Nearly a dozen people were able to get out safely and were being assisted by the American Red Cross, he said.

Investigators say flames ripped through the mini-dorm, which was rented by 11 people. 

Crews had the flames extinguished within about 15 minutes. Swanson said the fire caused about $150,000 in damage to the home and another $50,000 in damage to its contents.

Investigators determined the fire was incendiary, which means it's a case of arson, and multiple points of origin were found in various rooms of the house, according to the spokesman.

Firefighters turned over the investigation to San Diego police.

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