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Fire officials, police arrest man suspected of arson that burned Anchorage auto body shop


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A man suspected of starting a fire that burned an Anchorage auto body repair shop has been arrested.

The Anchorage Fire Department says 27-year-old Paul Michael Emerson was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday on arson and burglary charges.

Fire crews just after 2 a.m. Jan. 15 found smoke and fire pouring from the shop and an attached steel-framed outbuilding at 800 west International Airport Road just east of Arctic Boulevard.

Vehicles inside and outside both structures were burning.

Witnesses told investigators that a man had been near the fire.

Emerson was questioned. Police and fire officers arrested him Tuesday night.

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