The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into the possibility that the Jessenland Township house owned by Shawn and Lindsay Kluver that was destroyed by fire last Sunday morning was the result of arson.
“Our preliminary investigation indicates the fire may have been started intentionally,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Jen Longaecker informed the Henderson Independent on Friday, June 26.
The Minnesota Arson Reward Project is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person or people responsible for the fire, and the Kluvers are offering an additional $10,000.
Anyone with information about the fire can call the Minnesota Arson Hotline at 800-723-2020, or the Sibley County Sheriff's Office at 507-237-4330 or 888-880-4567.
The Henderson Fire Department was called to the Kluver home at 32528 Scenic Byway Road in Jessenland Township at 6:56 a.m. Sunday, June 21. The split-level house was fully engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived on scene. Firefighters from Henderson, Belle Plaine, Arlington, Green Isle and Le Sueur worked together to put out the fire, and it took until 3 p.m. to clear the scene.
Although the Kluvers own the home, they were not living in it at the time of the fire and maintain a primary residence in North Dakota.
The fire is still being investigated by the Henderson Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Longaecker said.