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Fire Guts Duluth Townhome, Arrest Made

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Onlookers watch as firefighters battle a structure fire in the 700-block of Upham Road Friday afternoon
Michael James Larson
Onlookers watch as firefighters battle a structure fire in the 700-block of Upham Road Friday afternoon

Duluth, MN (KDAL) - Investigators believe a late Friday morning fire, which heavily damaged a multi-unit townhouse in the Duluth Heights neighborhood, was intentionally set.  The fire was called in just after 11:30 in the 700-block of Upham Road.  Acting Assistant Fire Chief Ron Booth tells K-D-A-L News first arriving firefighters found both levels of one of the four townhomes fully engulfed in flames.  It took crews about a half hour to gain control of the fire and another four hours to snuff out remaining flames and cleanup the scene.  Three of the four units, including the one completely destroyed, were occupied.  Two residents were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.  The entire structure was left uninhabitable.  Booth says the Red Cross has been called.

In related news, investigators say a Duluth man has been arrested in connection with the fire.  26 year-old Michael James Larson was arrested for first-degree Arson after he was questioned.  Anybody with more information about the fire is asked to contact the Duluth Police Department.

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