EAGAN, Minn. - A fire that damaged an historic town hall building in Eagan has been deemed suspicious by the Eagan Fire Department.
Crews responded Sunday morning to a two-alarm fire at the city's 1914 old Town Hall. The fire was first spotted by an Eagan Police officer at 5:01 a.m.
The Town Hall suffered extensive damage to the roof and one side of the building.
No one was hurt, but traffic on Pilot Knob Road had to be blocked off for about three hours.
Eagan Historical Society vice-chair Kim Hazel credits Eagan firefighters for salvaging as many historical items as they could.
"We are so grateful for what firefighters were able to remove," said Hazel in a news release, noting that a lot of items were lost. "We've lost original photos and news clippings, some old town maps and original glass in the windows dating to 1914. These things are irreplaceable."
In recent years, the Town Hall has been used for history displays and open houses, but it was actively used for meetings as recently as 1965.
It took about 40 firefighters from four different stations to get the blaze under control.
Fire officials said that a reward is being offered to anyone with information which may help solve the case.
The public is asked to call the state Arson Hotline at 1-800-723-2020, the Eagan Fire Department, or the Eagan Police Tip Line at 651-675-5799.
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