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Juveniles arrested for Hibbing arson

Two 17-year-old boys from Hibbing were taken into custody Wednesday on charges of first-degree arson in connection with a July 28 fire. The Hibbing Police Department arrested the juveniles without incident for their alleged involvement in the fir...

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Firefighters head to battle a fire at a Bougalis Construction storage facility in Hibbing on July 28. (Hibbing Fire Department photo)

Two 17-year-old boys from Hibbing were taken into custody Wednesday on charges of first-degree arson in connection with a July 28 fire.

The Hibbing Police Department arrested the juveniles without incident for their alleged involvement in the fire at a Bougalis Construction storage facility in Hibbing, according to a Thursday news release.

Both suspects are being held at the Arrowhead Juvenile Detention Center in Duluth and are expected to be formally charged Friday.

The police investigation was conducted in conjunction with the fire department and the State Fire Marshal's Office. Community members assisted with the investigation by coming forward with information, authorities said. A reward of up to $5,000 had been offered for information about the case.

The July 28 fire at the former mining truck repair shop caused heavy damage to the building on the 700 block of Seventh Avenue in Hibbing.

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The large building is now owned by Bougalis Construction. The building was unoccupied at the time of the evening fire.

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