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Fire at Gap Inc. distribution center in New York was intentionally set

VILLAGE OF FISHKILL, N.Y. — Authorities say a massive blaze that ripped through a Gap Inc. distribution center in New York was intentionally set.

State police say Tuesday that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined the origin of the fire was "incendiary."

No other details have been released. State police and the BATF continue to investigate.

The fire late last Monday caused heavy damage to part of the Fishkill facility about 50 miles north of New York City.

Some of the distribution center's 1,300 employees were scheduled to return to work this week in other sections of the sprawling warehouse complex.

The facility opened in 2000 and expanded a year later. The company announced plans in 2014 to add 1,200 jobs over a five-year period and invest $96 million into the distribution center. The facility had more than 425 employees at the time of that announcement.

The store ships to Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy stores in the northeast, according to a Gap worker at the scene. It is the distribution center for online sales nationwide.