Vans Store, 2 Other Buildings Ablaze on Looted Downtown Block

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A building on Walnut Street near 17th caught fire before spreading to two other buildings Saturday night as police cracked down on looting and vandalism that followed peaceful protests.

The three-alarm fire began in the Vans store that had been looted earlier in the night, and the fire may have been set by looters, Philadelphia Fire officials told NBC10.

One firefighter received minor injuries and EMS treatment, the fire department said.

After 5 p.m. groups of people began smashing windows of stores in the area and leaving with merchandise. Other objects in the area like dumpsters were set ablaze earlier in the day.


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