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Rubble and charred beams are piled outside a block of buildings on Atlantic Avenue in Atwater that were destroyed by a devastating fire. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Fire that destroyed Atwater businesses and buildings is ruled arson

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ATWATER -- Arson is the cause of a February fire that gutted three commercial buildings in the heart of downtown Atwater.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in St. Paul announced Monday that the investigation revealed that the fire had been intentionally set.


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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750