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Investigators say trailer house fire earlier this month in Verndale, Minn., was arson

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Investigators believe a fire this month in Verndale was arson, and they're offering a reward for the public's help in solving the crime.


According to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office, a trailer house in the city of Verndale was on fire on Monday, Nov. 7, and the Verndale Fire Department was called out around 8:45 p.m.

The blaze was knocked down quickly, the sheriff's office said, and the home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The renter discovered the blaze when it was already underway.

The sheriff's office noted "multiple fire origins" throughout the house, and labeled the fire an arson.

The Verndale Police Department, Verndale Fire Department, State Fire Marshal's Office and Wadena County Sheriff's Office are investigating.

A reward is being offered through the Minnesota Arson Reward Project for any information leading to the identification of people responsible for this fire. Anybody with any information is asked to contact the Wadena County Sheriff's Office at (218) 631-7600.