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Arson believed cause of fire that damaged Bill Clinton boyhood home

Arson believed cause of fire that damaged Bill Clinton boyhood home
Visitors wait in line to enter President Clinton's childhood home in Hope, Ark., when it first opened to the public in 1997. (Mike Wintroath / Associated Press)

Authorities say a fire that caused minor damage to former President Clinton's childhood home in Hope, Ark., was apparently set deliberately.

Hope Police Department Chief J.R. Wilson says a motorist spotted flames early Friday at the Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site.

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Wilson says that when firefighters arrived a short time later, flames were shooting 8 feet into the air on one side of the structure.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the fire was quickly extinguished and only one interior room was damaged by flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Arson is suspected because investigators smelled an accelerant at the scene.

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