Authorities believe that a fire early Sunday that left three families at Logan Hills Apartments homeless could be arson.
"It's a little suspicious," said Altoona fire inspector Tim Hughes Monday.
Altoona police are investigating.
The fire started in the corner of a bedroom and caused
about $30,000 in damage, Hughes said.
Smoke went into the hallways and into an apartment directly above, Hughes said. Firefighters also had to force open two doors to upper-floor apartments, Hughes said.
Matt Starr, the Altoona detective in charge of the case, said he plans to go back and "check a few things out."
Two women who were a couple lived in the apartment where the fire started, Starr said.
They argued, and one left about 8:45 p.m. Saturday, saying she was moving out, according to Starr.
The other woman left the apartment shortly afterward, Starr said.
That second woman got a call from a neighbor sometime later, saying her apartment was on fire, Starr said.
"They're ironing out the 'he-said, she-said,'" Hughes said. "As soon as APD gets all the stories straight, we can start putting two and two together and come up with the cause."
That should be within a week, Hughes estimated.
Authorities are not releasing names yet, Hughes said.
The first-floor apartment where the fire started was destroyed, according to Dorothy Benton, co-captain for American Red Cross of Blair County disaster relief.
The Red Cross has provided hotel space and money for food and clothes for a mother and two children from the apartment where the fire started, and for a mother and two children from a second floor apartment, Benton said.
A family that lived on the third floor is staying with a relative, Benton said.