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One of the original Diamond Match factory buildings in Chico has gone up in flames — apparently a victim of arson.

Firefighters found that doors and support timbers had been piled up near a staircase to feed the blaze that engulfed the building. It was constructed in 1905 and was used to raise bees and to make honeycomb frames from wood left over from making match sticks. The owner had planned to restore the building as part of a development project.