UPDATE: Man arrested for memorial bridge fire

HWY 41 Bridge fire
HWY 41 Bridge fire(KVLY)
Published: Sep. 6, 2020 at 2:44 PM CDT
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DENT, M.N. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says one person is under arrest for setting a bridge on fire near Star Lake.

43-year-old Ryan Johnson of Mapleton, ND is being held in the Otter Tail County Jail for arson.

Authorities say Johnson has a home near the Hwy. 41 bridge and they don’t know his motive at this point.

The sheriff’s department says gas was poured on the bridge and the propane tanks were set underneath to fuel the fire.

The fire started sometime overnight on Saturday, Sept. 5 into Sunday Sept. 6.

The bridge is now closed, the waterways under the bridge are still open.

Officials say that no one was injured.

Witnesses Valley News Live spoke to say they heard what sounded like an explosion before the fire.

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