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Arson cause of historic bridge fire

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:56 PM

The Ionia County Sheriff's Department and the state police fire marshal made the announcement Tuesday.

Investigators found an accelerant on wood samples taken from Whites Bridge on July 8. That's a day after the 146-year-old covered bridge was destroyed by what initially was viewed as a suspicious fire.

The bridge was built in the late 1860s. It crossed the Flat River in Ionia County's Keene Township, about 15 miles east of Grand Rapids.

There's a $7,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible.

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