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ATF: Fire At Press Bar In St. Cloud Was Intentionally Set, Business Owner Andy Welsh Arrested

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Response Team has announced the fire at Press Bar and Parlor in St. Cloud was intentionally set on Feb. 17, and the business' owner, Andy Welsh of St. Joseph, has been arrested.

The fire -- which destroyed an iconic part of St. Cloud's night life scene -- has now been classified as "incendiary and intentionally set."

Authorities say the owner of the historic St. Cloud bar was arrested on arson-related charges and booked into the Stearns County jail.

ATF, St. Cloud Fire Department, St. Cloud Police Department, and Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office collectively made the determination on Saturday.

Investigators are not releasing any more information about the incident at this time.

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