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ATF, U.S. Park Service offers up to $7,500 reward in Christmas morning arson

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Investigators seek public’s help solving crime at
President Clinton’s childhood home
HOPE — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF) New Orleans Field Division, the National
Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior, along with the FBI
are investigating a fire set to the structure of the childhood
home of former U.S. President Bill Clinton in the early morning
hours of Dec. 25, 2015.
ATF is offering a reward in the amount of up to $5,000,
with the U.S. Park Service offering a reward of up to $2,500
for a total of up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest
and conviction of the person (s) responsible for the fire that
has been ruled arson.
“The National Park Service appreciates the assistance
from the ATF, Arkansas State Troopers, Hope Police Department
and the local community in locating the person (s)
responsible for this fire,” said President William Jefferson
Clinton Home Superintendent, Tarona Armstrong. “We’re
working hard to repair the damages so we can preserve this
national historic site for
future generations.”
On Dec. 25, in the early
morning hours, a passing
motorist reported the fire
to the local authorities. ATF
special agent certified fire investigators
arrived on-scene
bringing their expertise to
this investigation.
“Fires are serious, and potentially
deadly to the community
and those firefighters
who respond to them,”
said ATF New Orleans Special
Agent in Charge Constance
Hester. “Arson is a
crime of violence, and this
fire was intentionally set.
ATF and our law enforcement
partners are asking for
the public’s help in solving
this crime.”
Anyone with information
is encouraged to call the ATF
Hotline at 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-
888-283-3473). Callers can
remain anonymous.
President Clinton lived at
this house with his grandparents
for four years after
his birth in 1946, according
to Arkansas’ state website.
The house is listed on the
National Register of Historic
Places.
ATF is the federal law
enforcement agency with
jurisdiction for investigating
crimes of arson. More
information on ATF and its
programs can be found at
www.atf.gov or follow ATF
on Twitter.

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