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Boy suspected of starting fire at Burlington Coat Factory

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SAN DIEGO — A suspected arson fire damaged some merchandise at an El Cerrito-area clothing store Wednesday and left an underage suspect in custody, authorities reported.

The non-injury blaze at Burlington Coat Factory in the 5400 block of University Avenue erupted shortly after 2 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

By the time firefighters arrived at the shop, the flames were already out, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

A boy suspected of intentionally sparking the fire — which scorched a pile of garments and filled the business with smoke — was taken into custody at the scene, according to police.

It was unclear if the youngster, believed to be about 10 years old, would be arrested or charged with a crime.