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Dump truck used in smash and grab at convenience store intentionally set on fire

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Feb 16, 2022

CLEVELAND — A dump truck used in an early morning smash and grab Wednesday was set on fire and left abandoned in front of a convenience store in Cleveland, according to a spokesperson for the Cleveland Division of Fire.

Firefighters responded at 4:40 a.m. to a well-involved fire at a one-story convenience store in the area of East 140th Street and Aspinwall Avenue.

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East 140th Street and Aspinwall.

The structure of the building and a partial roof collapse made it challenging for firefighters.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire was arson. The truck was intentionally set on fire after it crashed into the building.

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East 140th Street and Aspinwall.

Lt. Michael Norman said the damage to the store was likely an electrical issue due to the truck being driven into the building.

The total cost in damages is estimated at $120,000.

Firefighters reported no injuries.

No further information has been released.

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