HICKORY, N.C. -- A firefighter was injured while working a blaze at an apartment complex in Hickory on Monday morning.

Around 5:30 a.m. Monday, fire crews arrived at an apartment complex in the 600 block of 2nd Street Place SW to find flames billowing from the building.

A second alarm was activated, and a total of three engines, one ladder and rescue truck and two command vehicles responded to the scene.

By 6:30, crews had the blaze under control.

Fire officials say one fireman was injured, but has since been treated and released.

Investigators now say they believe the fire was set intentionally. A reward is being offered from the Arson Awareness Council for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible.

Anyone with information can call police at 828-328-5551.

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