Reward offered in arson fire that killed family dog in Audubon
The 911 call came from an occupant of the home who witnessed the fire being intentionally set.
Authorities are asking the public to come forward with information about an intentionally set fire Tuesday in Audubon.
The Audubon Fire Department responded to 320 Eagle Street shortly after 11 p.m. on June 1 for a structure fire involving an occupied residence, according to a fire department news release.
The 911 call came from an occupant of the home who witnessed the fire being intentionally set. Upon arrival, Audubon firefighters noticed flames coming out a window in the upper level of the home, and entered to find a fully involved structure fire in the upstairs bedroom.
Fire crews were able to contain the fire within approximately 5 minutes of arrival, and overhaul efforts (thoroughly searching the fire scene to find and put out hidden fires or hot spots) continued for the next hour and a half.
The Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division and Becker County Sheriff's Office went to the scene the next morning to help with the investigation, which was later determined to be arson. All occupants of the home escaped, but a dog died in the fire.
Anyone with information should call the Becker County Sheriff's office at 218-847-2661 or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-723-2020. Tips can also be submitted online at mniaai.org. Rewards are being offered.