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Two Moorhead Fires Believed to be Arson

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Two fires earlier this month in Moorhead, a vehicle fire and an attached garage were not accidents, according the Moorhead fire marshal. The garage and car both caught fire in the early morning hours of March 11th at two separate locations.
The suspicious nature of the fires now has police and fire departments asking for the publics help. Valley News Live looked into the investigation and how neighbors are reacting.

After responding to a car on fire in the driveway of a home on 17th Street South. Then just 50 minutes later Moorhead fire fighters were called to a home on 37th Avenue South that was on fire. The Moorhead fire Marshall now says these two fires were arson.

"In both of these cases there were no natural or accidental cause that started these fire and it appears that outside source was used," says Moorhead Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Wallin.

The locations are less than a mile apart and the assistant fire chief thinks they are related.
"It is our belief, based on the time of day and location that both are related and it is possible they could be unrelated but that would be a strong coincidence," says Wallin.

The fire and police departments don't have any suspects yet. They are asking for help from anyone who was in the area between 2:30 & 4:30 that morning and may have heard or seen anything.
Neighbors on both streets are surprised to hear that the fires were started intentionally.

 "It just surprised me really, I know the house was being repaired because a young girl had drove through the garage door, " says Ardell Booth, a neighbor on 37th Avenue South.

Although arson isn't a common occurrence, the fire department says to be aware and keep an eye on suspicious activity in your area.

"I guess now I will just try to be more aware of what is going on in my own neighborhood" says Molly Dziekan, who lives on 17th Street South.

A $2,500 reward is being offered leading to the arrest of the arsonist, if you know any information contact moorhead police.

No one is currently living at the home where the garage started on fire.
Most of the damage was contained in the garage, but there is some smoke damage to the home.



Moorhead Police and Fire investigators are looking for clues after someone started two fires in the early morning hours of Tuesday March 11th.

The first one happened just after 3:00 a.m. in a car parked along the 1300 block of 17th St. South.

Police say a silver colored 2003 Pontiac Grand Am was located on fire with the driver's side door open.

Less than an hour later a second fire call came in for an unoccupied home on the 300 block of 37th Avenue South in Moorhead.

The Moorhead Fire Department Fire Marshal has concluded that both of these fires are a result of Arson.  So far investigators aren't sure if the two fires are related. 

Anyone that may have seen or heard anything is asked to contact Moorhead Police. 

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered by the Minnesota Arson Reward Project for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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