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Arson ruled out in Carson construction site fire

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Investigators have ruled out arson in a fire that burned through part of a multi-story residential complex under construction in Carson, a sheriff's spokesman said Friday.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department and the sheriff's arson and explosives detail determined that Thursday night's fire was accidental, although an exact cause will not be available, probably for several weeks, Deputy Luis Castro of the sheriff's headquarters bureau said.

The three-story structure, which included more than 100 units, was being framed, providing plenty of wood and open spaces to stoke the blaze, officials said.  Ten mobile homes nearby were damaged, and some people were forced to evacuate, but no injuries were reported.

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Photo: Fire investigators look through the debris at the Carson site. Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

 
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