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Arson Confirmed in Hovland Residence Fire on North Shore

Nov 21, 2017 01:54PM ● Published by Editor


November 21, 2017 – A preliminary investigation by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal in conjunction with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the cause of the residential structure fire that occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, at 5774 Highway 61 in Hovland, is likely arson. 
 
The investigation confirmed that gasoline was used as an accelerant in the incendiary blaze. As this is a criminal offense, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office continues the investigation. Polygraph testing is being completed. 
 
“Arson destroys more than buildings; it can incite fear and vulnerability in communities, puts emergency responders at risk and is a punishable crime,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen. 
 
An arson conviction can result in a fine of up to $35,000 and/or up to 20 years in prison.
 
Anyone with information that could assist in identifying the arsonist(s), is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 218-387-3030 or the Minnesota Arson Hotline at 800-723-2020 with any information. A reward up to $5,000 would be available through the Minnesota International Association of Arson Investigators (MN IAAI) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.
 
Contact:  From Valerie Marasco, Director– Office of Emergency Management & Public Information, mobile (218)-387-5366 or Valerie.marasco@co.cook.mn.us

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