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.”READ MORE: Longfellow Rising: The Rebirth Of Minneapolis' Epicenter Of Unrest
Authorities say the owner of the historic St. Cloud bar was arrested on arson-related charges and booked into the Stearns County jail.READ MORE: Family Shocked To Find Water In Gas Tank - And More Shocked By How It Got There
ATF, St. Cloud Fire Department, St. Cloud Police Department, and Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office collectively made the determination on Saturday.MORE NEWS: Finding Minnesota: Bob Bell's Hockey Canes, From One Type Of Ice To Another
Investigators are not releasing any more information about the incident at this time.