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Historic stone pavilion in Duluth damaged by arson

DULUTH - The historic stone pavilion in Duluth's Lincoln Park was damaged by a fire early Saturday, and officials say it's a case of arson.

The Duluth Fire Department reported that crews were called to the park just after midnight on a report of a portable toilet on fire. Soon after, the call was upgraded on reports that the fire was spreading to the roof of the adjacent stone pavilion.

Crews extinguished the fire, and most of the damage -- estimated at $75,000 -- is on the east end of the roof structure, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

The Duluth Fire Marshal's Office has determined the cause of the fire to be incendiary, and officials are investigating it as a case of arson.

The pavilion was built in the 1930s by the federal Works Progress Administration, according to information on the city parks website.

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