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Yankton Hotel Fire Believed To Be Set Intentionally

March 9, 2014, 10:09 PM by Leland Steva

Yankton Hotel Fire Believed To Be Set Intentionally
Courtesy: Kelly Hertz, Press and Dakotan

YANKTON, SD -

The fire that burned down the Colonial Inn Tuesday morning in Yankton is believed to have been deliberately set.

It's now just burnt rubble, but a few days ago, the Colonial Inn was engulfed in flames that caused an estimated $500,000 in damage. There was no one staying in the motel at the time. 

Multiple agencies responded to the fire around 1 a.m. Tuesday and after further investigation, authorities determined the fire was started intentionally. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released a photo of the suspect that they're seeking as a person of interest in the case.

"It makes you think that to have someone who would do that is unfortunate and just because it isn't an everyday thing, I think everybody would take more precautions," Yankton Resident Curt Roth said.

Another crime made headlines in Yankton last week as well. On Friday, Joshua Hudson was arrested and accused of killing his Uncle Todd Hudson.

"This many things happening in one week hasn't been good for the town," Roth said.

Roth lives just a block away from the charred motel. While the recent increase in crimes has him on notice, he still considers the town he has lived in for 20 years to be safe.

"I think overall there's no major concern that there's going to be a major crime spree or something in Yankton, but it's something that's in the back of your head," Roth said.

There is a $5,000 reward for anyone that has any information leading to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information about the arson should call the ATF's Sioux Falls office at (605) 782-8200; the Yankton Police Department at  (605) 668-5210; or Crime Stoppers at (605) 665-4440.

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