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Early morning Atlantic City fire has been ruled suspicious

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It was early Tuesday morning when a neighbor banged on HinhVu's door to tell him his house was on fire.

"He broke this storm down outside and then went insideto the next door inside and banged on the door," said Vu.

Vu and his neighbor say they used a fire extinguisher to putout some of the flames.

The two–alarm blaze on Maxwell Avenue has displaced Vu'sfamily and sparked an investigation in the process.

"It was a small fire that produced a lot of smoke butits an occupied building so we call down an investigation and its been deemedsuspicious," said Atlantic City Fire Chief Dennis Brooks.

Chief Brooks estimates the neighborhood in the area of IowaAvenue saw between six and ten possible arson cases roughly two years ago.

And after receiving the call around 3:30 Tuesday morning, hefeared the neighborhood was once again the target of an intentional fire.

"My ears went up initially and an investigator came outand confirmed my fears that the fire wasn't accidental. It was suspicious andintentionally set," said Chief Brooks.

Chief Brooks says officials responding to the fire originallysuspected these wires caused an electrical fire. But after that was ruled out,their attention shifted to a possible case of arson.

"Right away I knew somebody started that," said Vu.

"Some people just want trouble at night for fun orwhatever reason that is. My home happened to be a convenient spot forthem."

Vu does not believe his home was specifically targeted.

He says his neighbors across the street were also recentlythe victims of intentional fires and he now plans to install surveillancecameras.

After receiving damage during Hurricane Sandy, Vu will onceagain try to rebuild, while officials are on the lookout for three suspects.

"I believe someone saw three young people leaving thearea about the approximate time of the fire and our investigators are activelytrying to track the suspects down," said Chief Brooks.

Fire officials are encouraging anyone with information tocome forward and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

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