State fire marshal: Aliquippa Industrial Park fire being investigated as "intentionally set"

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The state fire marshal said a fire that ravaged a building in the Aliquippa Industrial Park on Wednesday morning is being investigated as having been intentionally set.

Ten companies responded to the 4:32 a.m. three-alarm fire at Steel Street Commerce Center I, 101 Steel St., which houses Master Halco Inc., a fencing company, and Metalwerks PMD Inc., a processor of specialty metal, Aliquippa Fire Chief David Foringer said.

Based on the square-footage of the industrial building, fire marshal David Jungling said he estimates damages are in excess of $2 million. Master Halco was gutted by the blaze, and Metalwerks sustained minor to moderate damage, he said.

The fire's cause remains under investigation, said Trooper Jungling, who is assisting Aliquippa police.

Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.

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