Independence police catch one suspect in building fire

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | 9:53 a.m. CDT

INDEPENDENCE — Independence police say they have apprehended one of two burglary suspects believed to have holed up in a medical building that burned overnight.

Police do not know the fate of the second suspect, who might still be inside the burned-out structure. The men are suspected to have started the fire after they ran inside when officers investigating a possible burglary in a dentist's office spotted them outside the building.

Tactical officers attempted to go inside to arrest the suspects but turned back when they discovered that the building was on fire.

Firefighters said danger posed by oxygen tanks and other hazardous materials kept them from entering the building to fight the fire.

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