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Arson blamed for fire at ice rink

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DULUTH -- An arson fire extensively damaged a shelter at one of the ice rinks in Duluth's Morgan Park a week ago.

"There was only one little section that didn't get burned," Duluth Fire Department Fire Marshal Marnie Grondahl said. "Part of the roof burned off."

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The roofed shelter included benches for players and an area for scorekeepers. It was partly open on its rink side.

The fire was reported at 6:35 p.m. on Aug. 4. When firefighters arrived, the shelter was fully involved. Fire officials put the damage estimate at $5,000. Some of the rink's boards next to the shelter suffered heat and smoke damage.

Grondahl ruled the fire as arson, since there were no other sources of ignition present.

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