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Fire investigators say arson to blame for Market Street fire

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

Youngstown fire investigators say there is a reason to believe that a two-alarm fire in a vacant building on Market Street Wednesday night was intentionally set. 

Officials say the fire broke out around 9:30 p.m. near West Laclede Avenue on Wednesday night.

At least seven fire trucks are on scene working to put the fire out.

Crews say when they arrived on the scene, smoke was pouring out of the second floor.

Fire Chief Barry Finley tells 21 News that the building on Market Street near West Laclede has been vacant since 2012. 

Since the building has been vacant for so long, there was too much prior damage to the building to make an estimate on how much damage the fire caused. 

Finley says the back door to the building was not secure, so officials did a thorough check of the building to make sure no one was inside. 

Investigators now believe someone purposefully set one of the rooms on fire. 

At this point, it's not clear why the fire was set. 

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