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'Suspicious' vacant restaurant fire in Albany

ALBANY, Ore. -- A fire tore through the vacant China Buffet restaurant early Sunday morning. Albany Fire Department Public Information Officer Wanda Omdahl said the fire is suspicious.

This is the tenth vacant structure fire since Oct. 22. The previous nine fires involved vacant homes.

Nine vacant Albany houses have been damaged or destroyed by arson since October 22, 2010.

Daniel Verson Quast, 21, of Albany, was arrested on November 15, 2010 in connection with fires on November 3 and November 14.

The person or persons responsible for the fires before and since the arrest remain at large.

Omdahl said the most recent fire is consistent with the other fires as it involved a vacant structure and began in early morning hours.

No one was injured.

According to Rick Little from the Oregon Department of Transportation, OR 99E in Albany closed in both directions at milepost 0.87, near Waverly Drive, due to the fire.

A detour is set to divert drivers onto Waverly Way.

Release from Albany Fire Department. More information will be provided as it is available to KVAL News.

Sunday morning 3:09 am the Albany Fire Department was called to 2732 SE Pacific, the former China Buffet restaurant.

The restaurant is currently vacant.

This began as a first alarm fire for Albany Fire Department which meant that all four stations with all personnel on duty were called to the fire.

The fire was attached defensively meaning Albany fire crews didn't go into the building.

Albany Police Department also came to the scene immediately.

At 4:10am the fire was moved to a second alarm and units from Lebanon, Scio, Corvallis, Jefferson and Tangent were called to the scene to assist in putting the fire out and any other emergency calls.

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