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Feds Determine Fire at Greer Lodge was Arson


Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms say the devastating fire that burned through the historic Greer Lodge in eastern Arizona in May was arson.

There is $5,000 on the table for anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the arsonist.

The raging fire ripped through the lodge and burned the 3-story building to the ground. ATF investigators say this was not an accident - it was arson.

"A crime has been committed and now we have to find out who did it," said ATF Special Agent Tom Brandon.

Brandon won't say if some kind of accelerant was used to start the fire, but says his team of investigators have ruled out any possible accidental causes.

Now they're looking for tips from the public to help track down the arsonist.

"There are various investigative techniques you go through, financial records..but often it's with the public's help. To be candid, that's why I'm speaking with you all. Someone knows something and it's usually that piece of information coupled with forensic information and usually documents that help solve these crimes," said Brandon.

Investigators are looking at property reccords and interviewing the owners, employees and people who live nearby.

The fire caused more than $2 million in damage to the lodge that was built in 1948.

"We all pay for this. This is a crime against all of us because we all pay insurance," added Brandon.

A devastating fire at an Arizona landmark and investigators say it was set on purpose.

If you know anything about who set the fire, call the ATF hotline.

TIPLINE: 1-888-ATF-FIRE (283-3473)

The main Greer Lodge burned down in the fire, but the rest of the cabins are still standing. Currently, the lodge is temporarily closed because of the Wallow wildfire burning nearby.

Online: www.greerlodgeaz.com

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