Police search for a person with a dog in relation to apt. fire

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 08, 2011 7:10 AM

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Iowa City police are looking for anyone who may have seen a person with a dog in the area of 421 S. Dodge St. on Jan. 29 as part of a “suspicious fire” investigation, a press release said Monday.

The release comes after a fire charred the entire first floor of the six-plex apartment complex Jan. 29, displacing 12 Iowa City residents.

No residents were injured in the fire, but several reported hearing “loud bangs” moments before the building caught fire.

The release said police are looking for a person who may have taken a dog out of the building prior to the 10:54 p.m. fire or who was in the general vicinity.

Iowa City fire officials have estimated $120,000 in structural damage to the building and $15,000 in content damage following the fire.

The Iowa City Fire Department has yet to determine a cause of the fire.

— by Hayley Bruce

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