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

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.

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