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Vail Avenue fire was intentionally set

A firefighter gives oxygen to a cat after a fire Tuesday at a condominium complex on Vail Avenue, off Randolph Road in Charlotte.
A firefighter gives oxygen to a cat after a fire Tuesday at a condominium complex on Vail Avenue, off Randolph Road in Charlotte. Davie Hinshaw: dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

A condominium fire that killed a cat on Vail Avenue early Tuesday was intentionally set, the Charlotte Fire Department announced Wednesday.

Firefighters rescued a woman from a second-floor condominium at The Grove complex off Randolph Road and saved two cats and a dog. No one was injured.

The call for the fire in the 2400 block of Vail Avenue off Randolph Road came into the fire department at about 8:20 a.m. It took 32 firefighters about 15 minutes to control the blaze at The Grove complex.

The fire caused about $22,000 in damage, fire officials said.

The fire started on the first floor, said Capt. Jackie Gilmore of the Charlotte Fire Department.

Staff reports

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