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Arson Suspected in Fire at Bill Clinton's Birthplace

"It's really historical piece of property in Hope."

(Image source: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

Former President Bill Clinton’s birthplace in Hope, Arkansas was damaged in a fire caused by suspected arson, KSLA first reported.

The home, located on South Hervey Street broke into flames at 3:20 a.m., and it did not appear to be an accident, said Hope Fire Chief Dale Glanton.

"There's just evidence and signs that we do believe it was intentionally set," Glanton said. "It will be investigated and handled as a potential arson fire."

The house is a designated National Historic Site. KSLA of Shreveport, Louisiana, reports the home has extensive damage on the outside, but no smoke or water damage on the inside.

"It's got a lot of historical value to it and stuff here, and like I said, it's really historical piece of property in Hope...we really want to protect it and do the best job that we can do,” Glanton said.

Two other buildings on the property, a National Parks building and gift shop were not damaged.

KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather

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