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Latest arson not connected with others in City

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – St. Louis Fire Department officials say arson was the cause of the fire at a construction site Tuesday morning. But they do not believe it was connected to other recent blazes.

Workers building a living facility for HIV-AIDS patients in north St. Louis found parts of the unfinished building on fire when they arrived at the job site.

However Fire Captain Steve Simpson says damage was minimal.

"We think it was done by some kids playing around lighting some of the material up," Simpson said. "They could have gone on the inside and lit it up pretty good like the other sites were, but it was just done on the outside."

Last week fire destroyed two residential construction sites in the Lafayette Square neighborhood.

And in April a blaze did $3 million in damage to a condo development under construction on South Grand.

All those fires were ruled arson, but investigators have no suspect or even a motive.