Former President Bill Clinton's childhood home in Arkansas was damaged early Christmas morning by a fire — and authorities suspect the cause to be arson.
Firefighters were first alerted to the blaze at around 3:20 a.m. after a driver passing by noticed the flames, Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson said, according to USA Today.
When on scene, firefighters noticed graffiti on the outside of the home and said it appeared to have been started on an exterior wall.
"We suspect arson, because of the point of origin," Wilson said, according to USA Today. "Also, there was strong smell of accelerant at the point of the origin of what appeared ... to smell like gasoline."
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Police spotted a painted frown with a tongue sticking out painted on the side of the building. It had "XX" gratified above it.
"We have not seen this graffiti before," Wilson said. "It has no meaning to us. From my perspective, with the graffiti that was drawn and how the arson occurred, I would highly suspect a juvenile or juveniles."
USA Today reported that National Park Service officials have taken over the investigation. Officials say the fire caused little damage.
"The good thing is that the home remains structurally sound," Wilson said. "If you look at it from the road, you can't even tell a fire has occurred."
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