A fire that damaged a house on Norwood Street in southeast Brainerd Tuesday was intentionally set, the state fire marshal's office reported.
Mark Germain, deputy state fire marshal, Wednesday said the fire was started in a bedroom on the second floor of the house and Brainerd firefighters were able to contain the fire to that bedroom and the ceiling area.
"The fire is a result of arson," Germain said.
About 5 p.m. Tuesday neighbors in the 1400 block of Norwood Street called 911 to report smoke coming from the windows of the small, two-story home. Nobody was living in the house at the time of the fire. Germain said the doors to the house were unlocked when firefighters arrived.
Germain declined to say what was used to start the fire, but that he is studying samples from the house.
Germain is investigating the fire with the Brainerd Police Department and the Brainerd Fire Department. No arrests have been made, said John Bolduc, Brainerd police chief.
"We talked to neighbors last night to see if anything suspicious was noted, but we have nothing to go on right now," Bolduc said Wednesday.
Bolduc said anyone with information about the fire or who may have witnessed suspicious activity on Norwood Street Tuesday should call the Brainerd Police Department at 829-2805.
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