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Warrants: Ms. Choc's fire last week ruled arson, police search home of alleged suspect

Police said the fire at Ms. Choc's has been ruled arson (Photo: WSET)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Police have searched the house of a man they think might be responsible for setting fire to Ms. Choc's last week.

Crews said Fire Captain D. Goodwin was passing the location around 11:30 p.m. May 4 and saw flames coming from the roof and called dispatch.

According to new warrants, surveillance cameras show that 45 seconds after a man on a bike left the back of the building, the former night club caught fire.

The warrants shows the suspect was wearing light/khaki colored shorts, light/khaki colored ball cap, and appeared to be wearing a tool belt.

Police requested to search a home on Linwood Road, NW in Roanoke where they said the alleged suspect lives with potential evidence.

Warrants show police took a bike, a ball cap, and a tool belt from the home on Monday.

The building was empty but damages are estimated at about $160,000 dollars.

The building is scheduled to become a community center.

Roanoke Fire officials said the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported.

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