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Detroit fire officials are seeking arson charges against a man they allege sparked a blaze Friday evening at a Family Dollar on the city's west side.

Witnesses reported the suspect walked into the business near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Grand River about 5:45 p.m. and "started setting fire to the displays" with a cigarette lighter, said Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but it heavily damaged the store, Fornell said.

One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. It was unclear how many shoppers were in the store at the time; no other injuries were reported, city investigators said.

Meanwhile, the suspect, believed to be a man in his 20s, was identified at the scene and taken into custody by Detroit arson investigators, Fornell said. Information is expected to be forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

"Our people are building a case to charge him with arson," Fornell said.

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