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Updated: 09/09/2013 11:55 AM
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By: Naomi Pescovitz

'Suspicious' Fire Damages Eagan’s Historic Town Hall

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Investigators are looking into an early morning fire in Eagan that caused devastating damage to the city's historic town hall. They now have enough evidence to determine that the fire is suspicious.

The fire started around 5 a.m. Sunday at Eagan's Historic Town Hall built in 1914, near the corner of Pilot Knob and Wescott Roads.

According to the city of Eagan, about 40 firefighters from four different stations responded to the fire.

The building was in full use until the mid 1960s. The city restored the building, using it as a museum to house old city photographs and keepsakes.

"This is hard, but it's also a part of what's going to fire the commitment to make sure that we can put this back together and make it a great historic place for hopefully another 100 years," said Joanna Foote, City of Eagan Communications Coordinator and Staff Liaison to the Eagan Historical Society.

There is damage to the roof and part of a wall. Most of the glass windows are gone, and several of the historic artifacts inside were damaged.

"We had crews that came out just to assist with the historical stuff, helping salvage and overhaul," said Deputy Fire Chief Pat Diloia with the Eagan Fire Department.

Despite the damage, Diloia says the building is restorable.

The Eagan Historical Society is still hoping to celebrate the town hall's centennial next year.

"She looks a little tough inside but I know this historical society has a strong commitment and we'll get her back in shape and we'll have some sort of ability to invite the community back," Foote said.

A reward is being offered to anyone with information that can help solve this case. Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call the state Arson Hotline at 1-800-723-2020, the Eagan Fire Department at 651-675-5900, or the Eagan Police Tip Line at 651-675-5799.



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