ST. THOMAS — Federal officials are expected to begin an investigation today into last week’s Royal Dane Mall fire in downtown Charlotte Amalie, raising suspicions of possible arson.

Paul Claflin, a member of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Response Team, told The Daily News on Wednesday that, at this time, there is “no reason to believe” the late night blaze was intentionally started.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email