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Arson confirmed in Moorhead nightclub fire

The former Coach's bar is fire damaged Monday, July 8, 2013, in downtown Moorhead, Minn. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

By Dave Olson / The Forum

MOORHEAD – An investigation confirms that Monday’s fire at the former Coach’s Sports Pub in downtown Moorhead was the result of arson, Moorhead police said Tuesday.

The fire is believed to have been intentionally started on the main floor in the kitchen area of the building.

No one was injured in the fire.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire.

The fire was discovered about 2:45 a.m. Monday by a police officer on patrol, and fire officials believe the fire may have been burning for some time.

The building had sat empty since Coach’s closed in 2005.

Fire Chief Rich Duysen said Monday that when firefighters arrived on scene they found an open door and signs that a fire had been intentionally set in the building’s kitchen.

Anyone with information about the fire can call The Tip Hotline number at (800) 723-2020, or contact Moorhead police by calling (701) 451-7660 and asking for the Moorhead police on-duty shift supervisor.

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