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Officials say arsonist caused Fort Dodge blaze

Authorities say an arsonist started a fire that destroyed a former church building in downtown Fort Dodge.
 
The fire was reported around 2 p.m. Saturday, and two exterior walls collapsed around 3:15 p.m.
 
The building was originally home to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in the early 1900s, until the Fort Dodge Church of Christ moved into the building in the 1950s.  In 1985 a private owner bought the building and lived there.  A business has been using the building.
 
No one was reported inside the building during the fire, but Fire Chief Kent Hulett says there's a report that a woman was inside the building before the fire was reported.
 
A reward of up to $15,000 is being offered for information.  The arson hotline number is 800-532-1459.

posted : June, 23rd by KXEL


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