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Arson Suspected as Bill Clinton's Early Childhood Home Is Damaged by Fire

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    Then U.S. President Bill Clinton holds an umbrella in a freezing rain as he departs from the 72-year-old house where he was born in Hope, Arkansas, after a dedication ceremony on March 12, 1999. A fire at the home is being investigated as possible arson on Friday, December 25, 2015.

    The childhood home of former President Bill Clinton was partially damaged early Friday in a fire that local Arkansas police are investigating as an arson, NBC News reported.

    A passing driver reported smoke pouring from the side of the Hope home — designated in 2011 as a National Historic Site — at 3:17 a.m. CT, Police Chief J.R. Wilson said.

    "There was a strong odor of accelerant at the point of origin. It smelled like gasoline," Wilson told NBC News.

    The back side of the two-story home was torched, and the flames reached about 8 feet high before they were distinguished, he added.