Arson suspected at Bill Clinton’s birthplace

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WASHINGTON: Arson is suspected in a fire that broke out at former US president Bill Clinton’s birthplace early Friday morning, damaging the historical site, police said. “It’s pretty logical it was purposely set,” J.R. Wilson, the police chief in Hope, Arkansas, told Agence France-Presse. The blaze ran up an exterior back wall of the white frame house where Clinton spent the first few years of his life, but the damage was minor, Wilson said. A motorist reported the blaze in the early hours of Friday, which is Christmas Day, and police and fire crews arrived within minutes. Once there, they detected a smell of an accelerant near where authorities believe the fire began. Police are also analyzing some black graffiti at the scene for possible clues. There are currently no suspects, Wilson said.

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