The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with the U.S. Park Service is offering a reward of up $7,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the Christmas Day fire at the childhood home of President Bill Clinton in Hope. The fire has been ruled arson.
Assistant Special Agent for the National Park Service Les Seago would not say if they have suspects or have interviewed anyone. On Dec. 25, a passing motorist reported the fire to local authorities. The fire was quickly extinguished and only one interior room was damaged.
“The National Park Service appreciates the assistance from the ATF, Arkansas State Troopers, Hope Police Department and the local community in locating the person(s) responsible for this fire,” said President William Jefferson Clinton Home Superintendent, Tarona Armstrong in a press release. “We’re working hard to repair the damages so we can preserve this national historic site for future generations.”
President Clinton lived at this house with his grandparents for four years after his birth in 1946, according to Arkansas’ state website. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the ATF Hotline at 1-888-ATF-FIRE(1-888-283-3473). Callers may remain anonymous.