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BEND, OR -- Bend Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of an early morning fire that severely damaged an office building in southwest Bend. 

 

Firefighters responded to SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. near Colorado, just before 1 a.m. and found flames coming from under the first floor balcony. The blaze quickly spread to the second floor.

 

Within 15 minutes, They were able to stop it from progressing, but not before the fire cause significant damage to the front of the building. 
 
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UPDATE: Bend Police questioned and eventually arrested a 47-year-old transient, found nearby. They believe Eric Noell broke into the building and started the fire from inside. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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