Arson: Reward of up to $5,000 offered

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Fairmont police are seeking the public’s help in solving an arson that occurred at Veterans’ Park nearly three weeks ago.

Police Chief Mike Hunter says the Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (MNIAAI) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Hunter says the fire in the bathroom building was discovered around 7:20 a.m. on Sept. 20.

“One of our officers was attempting to locate a person with warrants who had just left a residence in the area,” says Hunter. “The bathrooms were secured by city employees and an investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s Office came down that day to review the scene.”

Authorities may not release photos of the building interior, says Hunter, because they are considered part of an open investigation.

City employees are trying to determine a damage estimate of the bathrooms, located at 403 East Second Street.

Hunter says anyone with information may call the Minnesota Arson Hot line at 1 (800) 723-2020 and all callers can remain anonymous.

Tips may also be submitted online at the Fairmont Police Department’s website under the “contact us” tab or at the MNIAAI webpage at

Anyone with questions may contact the police department by calling (507) 238-4481.

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