Suspicious fire in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. – A blaze early Tuesday is being called suspicious by authorities.

The Rochester Fire Department says they were called out just after three Tuesday morning for a fire near the Quarry Hill Nature Center. When they arrived, an old corn crib, which is now being used by the Parks and Rec Department to store park benches, had caught fire and was engulfed in flames. Once those flames were out, the investigation began and officials say they are leaning toward suspicious, because of certain factors. “That structure itself, didn’t have any electricity to it. There are very limited sources of ignition. There wasn’t a storm last night that would have lightning striking the building that would cause the ignition,” Assistant Fire Marshal Larry Mueller said.

The building is a total loss.

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