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ARSON SQUAD CONTINUES FCB INVESTIGATION

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SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) -- Police arson squad officials said "somebody was mad" when a fire broke out in a paper-filled
The police arson squad is investigating.
wooden file cabinet in the conference room of True North Communications' FCB Worldwide on May 2.

The incident occurred in the third-floor room on the same day the company announced a "reorganization" that included cutting 45 employees from the staff.

Although the fire was small and resulted in no injuries nor significant physical damage, it sent a chill through the executive suites of other local agencies during a time of widespread layoffs.

Employees put out fire
Arson squad inspector Darcy Keller said an investigation into the fire is continuing. Although the fire resulted in a brief evacuation of the offices, employees put out the flames before the fire department arrived, she said. No injuries were reported.

A spokesman for the fire department last week told AdAge.com that the fire was being investigated as a crime.

FCB officials have declined to discuss any aspect of the event, other than to characterize it "minor."

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