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Forum staff reports, Published March 25 2014

Two Moorhead fires earlier this month believe to be arsons

MOORHEAD – Fire investigators believe arson was the cause of two fires in south Moorhead that burned a car and house, both unoccupied, on March 11, according to city police.

Firefighters were dispatched about 3 a.m. March 11 to extinguish a burning silver 2003 Pontiac Grand Am parked in the 1300 block of 17th Street South. The driver’s side door of the car was open when firefighters arrived, police said.

Less than an hour later, at 3:54 a.m., a fire was reported a few miles away at a house at 310 37th Ave. S., police said.

It is not clear if the fires are connected, but authorities believe that’s a possibility. Both cases remain under investigation.

The Minnesota Arson Reward Project is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Anyone with information about these fires is asked to call the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at (701) 451-7660 and ask for the on-duty shift supervisor at the Moorhead Police Department.