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Forum staff reports, Published October 12 2012

Reward offered in suspected railroad arson in Hawley

HAWLEY, Minn. – A reward is being offered for information leading to the prosecution of whomever is responsible for a fire that caused an estimated $150,000 in damage to a specialized piece of railroad equipment here.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Hawley Police Department, BNSF Railway police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the arson, which occurred at about 10:20 p.m. Oct. 5 along the BNSF tracks in Hawley, according to a news release from Sheriff Bill Bergquist.

The Minnesota Chapter International Association of Arson Investigators is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to a successful prosecution of the person or persons responsible.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (218) 299-5151 or the MNIAAI arson hotline at (800) 723-2020.