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Sheriff seeking information on arson south of Dassel

LITCHFIELD -- A Friday evening arson fire at a foreclosed home south of Dassel is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is encouraged to call the Meeker County Sheriff's Office at 320-693-5411 or the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-725-2020. A reward of up to $2,500 may be available for information leading to the identification of persons responsible for this fire.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded around 7:50 p.m. Friday to a report of suspicious activity and found smoke in the residence. The Dassel Fire Department was called to make sure that the fire was out.

It appears that someone broke a window into the home, which was empty and under foreclosure, and attempted to set the home on fire, but the small blaze burned itself out.