North County residents worried after police deem apartment fire suspicious


by Cory Stark/

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 12:00 AM

( -- After learning more details about an apartment fire in Florissant, residents say they are worried for their safety.

Residents at Sugar Pines Apartments said when they assessed the damage that Friday’s fire caused they were alarmed and surprised that police ruled the fire was possibly set intentionally.

“I don’t know why someone would want to set it on fire,” said apartment resident Victoria Braxton.

Residents said the majority of people who live at Sugar Pines are either elderly or young families.

Fire officials said the St. Louis County Police Department received word that a suspicious person was walking around the apartment complex when the fire started.

Police said they believe the fire was set on purpose and said they are looking for someone who was wearing a black hood.

No one was injured in the fire, but five apartment units were damaged.

The Red Cross said they assisted nine people, six adults and three children, with food, shelter and water.

Investigators have not yet determined the exact cause of the fire.

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