Fire in Dartmouth being investigated as arson

WATCH: Several residents have been left homeless after a fire damaged a building in Dartmouth. As Whitney Oickle reports, police are now investigating what appears to be a deliberately set fire.

Police say a fire at an apartment in Dartmouth that forced 12 people to evacuate early Thursday morning was intentionally set.

Halifax Regional Police say the blaze at a property on Lakefront Road was reported just at 3:45 a.m.

Multiple callers reported seeing smoke from the building.

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Halifax Fire says the blaze was extinguished by 4:25 a.m. and there were no injuries.

Halifax Transit has set up a bus on site as a temporary shelter for 12 tenants who were evacuated.

Police say the investigation into the arson is in its early stages.

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Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact Halifax Regional Police or Crime Stoppers.

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