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Arson suspected fire at Bill Clinton's childhood home

Bill Clinton (right) holds an umbrella under the porch of his childhood home in Hope, Arkansas. File photo Image copyright AP
Image caption The childhood home of America's 42nd president was named a National Historic Site in 2011

A fire at former US President Bill Clinton's childhood home in Arkansas is believed to have been caused by arson, officials say.

They say the blaze in the city of Hope slightly damaged one interior room before it was extinguished.

Arson is suspected because accelerant was detected at the scene. Graffiti is also being examined.

Mr Clinton spent his first years in the house, which was designated a National Historic Site in 2011.

Hope Police Department chief JR Wilson said a motorist spotted flames early on Friday, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Mr Wilson said firefighters saw flames 8ft (2.4m) high on one side of the property when they arrived.

Bill Clinton was America's 42nd president, serving from 1993 to 2001.

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