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Somerset fire was arson, police say

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A fire that destroyed a one-story ranch on Spring Street in Somerset July 16 is now being investigated as an arson, and the suspect might have been in the country illegally, Somerset Police Chief Doug Briggs said today (Monday).

The State Fire Marshal was called to investigate and Briggs said physical evidence at the scene showed the fire likely was intentionally started in a pile of clothes in the basement.

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