Sheriff: Lake Wobegon Trail Bridge Fire Was Arson
ALBANY TOWNSHIP - A fire that burned a bridge on the Lake Wobegon Trail was intentionally started. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office and the Stearns County Sheriff's Office say the fire was caused by arson.
The Minnesota Arson Reward Project is offering up to a $5,000 reward on tips leading to convictions in the case. You can remain anonymous by calling the Arson Hotline at 1-800-723-2020.
The fire was reported on Saturday evening in Albany Township. The trail was temporarily closed, but the bridge has been inspected and its been determined to be safe to use.
Damage to the bridge was contained to the wooden planks. The bridge is supported by large steel beams, strong enough to hold trains, and those beams were not damaged. The rest of the bridge, which is cement and asphalt, is in fine shape as well.