Car found on fire with message painted on it, police investigate as arson

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Anchorage police responded to numerous calls from the community, after a vehicle was found burning near an apartment building, and residents feared the flames would spread.

Both the Anchorage Police and Fire Departments responded to the car fire on the 800-block of North Bliss Street. Units responded, at around 12:40 a.m., to a burning 2006 silver Suzuki.

AFD investigated the fire initially, and Assistant Chief Alex Boyd said, "The fire was considered to be suspicious in nature, based on evidence at the scene."

A spokesperson with APD later confirmed that they were investigating the incident as arson. This was determined after two suspicious clues were identified.

First, there was a gas canister recovered in the area. Second, there was a message painted on the vehicle.

According to MJ Thim, spokesperson with APD, the department is not releasing details of the message, due to it's "offensive and derogatory nature."

Thim added that the investigation into the fire is still ongoing.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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