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Woman charged with arson in Manassas fire

Monday - 10/17/2011, 5:43am  ET

WASHINGTON - Twenty-three people have been displaced by a fire at a Manassas apartment building and a woman has been charged with felony arson.

Fire officials tell NBC Washington that firefighters arrived at the building to find flames shooting through the roof ( http://bit.ly/qCQ7N5).

They found the fire originated on the second floor, though it's not yet clear how it was started. Six units were damaged. Twelve of the displaced people are children. The damage is estimated at $600,000.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tanisha Bates was arrested and held without bond. Investigators have not yet released a motive or said whether Bates is a resident at the building.

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Information from: WRC-TV, http://nbcwashington.com


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