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ATF seeks videos of riot-related fires

As arson investigators from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives dug through the charred rubble of a West Baltimore pawn shop Saturday, the bureau put out a call for citizen-captured videos of fires that erupted during Monday's riots. Anyone with fire videos can upload their files to a new web site: http://www.atfbaltimorefire.com.

Special agent David Cheplak said the videos could help investigators determine the cause of the fires and identify suspects. The website is secure, anonymous and works with mobile devices, Cheplak said.

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An ATF team was in the 2100 block of West Pratt Street Saturday morning, looking for clues at the Cash USA pawn shop that was destroyed in a riot-related fire.

Cheplak said arson is suspected in the pawn shop fire and at least six others, including the one that destroyed the Mary Harkins Senior Center on North Chester Street in East Baltimore and those that damaged the CVS pharmacies on Pennsylvania Avenue and West Franklin Street and the Rite-Aid on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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The ATF has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fires. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473).

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