Arson at Former Belpre Budget Lodge

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Investigators have ruled an early morning fire that caused significant damage to a former Belpre motel as arson. Officials tell us the blaze started around 1:00 at the former Belpre Budget Lodge on Washington Boulevard.

Evidence indicates the fire was intentionally set but officials aren't releasing at this time details on how or where the fire was set due to the ongoing investigation. No one was injured in the fire.

A Blue Ribbon Arson Reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone with information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for the fire. You can report any tips by calling the Belpre Police Department.

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