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Arson suspected in Minnesota restaurant fire; $5,000 reward offered

EMILY--Authorities suspect the fire that destroyed a landmark restaurant in Emily on June 29 was intentionally set. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division and local authorities are asking the public to call the Minn...

The Bungalow Tap House in Emily burned to the ground after a fire broke out around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. The cause is still under investigation. Photo by Theresa Bourke
The Bungalow Tap House in Emily burned to the ground after a fire broke out around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. The cause is still under investigation. Photo by Theresa Bourke

EMILY-Authorities suspect the fire that destroyed a landmark restaurant in Emily on June 29 was intentionally set.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division and local authorities are asking the public to call the Minnesota Arson Hotline at 1-800-723-2020 with any information about the fire at the Bungalow Tap House. Callers can remain anonymous. Go online at  www.mniaai.org  to submit tips. A reward of up to $5,000 is available.

When firefighters arrived flames were coming out of the structure and the roof was beginning to cave in, Emily Fire Chief Kenny Roden previously said about the fire. The fire started in the back dining room area and took over most of the restaurant. Firefighters had to fight the flames and smoke from the exterior. Around 40 firefighters from Emily, Crooked Lake, Fifty Lakes, Crosslake and Ideal were called to help with the fire.

This investigation is still active and ongoing. The DPS-SFMD and Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting Emily Police Department, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and the Emily Fire Department.

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