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Did someone set a Boise apartment building ablaze? Police are investigating.

A Downtown Boise apartment fire that endangered lives, left eight people homeless and caused significant damage to the two-story building is being investigated as a possible arson.

“We don’t have anything definitive to give out at this moment,” Boise Police Department spokeswoman Haley Williams told the Statesman on Tuesday. “They’re trying to look to see if there was a criminal act in how the fire started.”

The fire occurred on the night of April 23 — in the same apartment where a fire had occurred less than two weeks earlier, a Boise fire official told the Statesman on April 24.

A firefighter was injured and a cat died in the fire. A man was rescued by a group of three men who kicked down his door and ushered him to safety.

All seven of the apartments in the building were ravaged by the fire and smoke. The second floor was gutted, and much of the roof was burned off.

The building is now boarded up and encircled by yellow caution tape. Signs on the doors warn people to stay away.

Property records show the building dates to 1895. The Statesman was unable to reach the owner of the building Tuesday.

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A pile of debris from an April 23, 2019, fire sits near the door of an apartment building at Jefferson and 14 streets in Downtown Boise.
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