- Associated Press - Sunday, November 27, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal authorities have joined an investigation into a fire that destroyed a luxury condo building in Albuquerque.

It’s unclear whether the fire was connected to a spate of crimes targeting businesses. When asked if the incidents were related, Albuquerque Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero said only that the investigation was ongoing.

Romero says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will help the local fire department investigate a fire at the Carlisle Condominiums on Nov. 23 that resulted in over $9 million in damage. A team of 25 ATF agents arrived in Albuquerque on Saturday to begin investigating the cause of the fire.

Authorities including the FBI are also investigating a string of fires and acts of vandalism at Albuquerque businesses, including three Starbucks locations and the stores Old Navy and Barnes & Noble.

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