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Police Say Boise International Market Fire Was Intentionally Set

Kyle Green
Idaho Statesman
Asnaku Guima in front of the ruins of the Boise International Market, her now former workplace.

The September fire that destroyed the Boise International Market has been deemed an act of arson, according to the Boise Police and Fire departments.  

A four-month joint investigation included the use of private fire investigation experts and forensic analysis. Officials say additional information uncovered during the investigation led investigators to conclude the fire was intentionally set.

Boise Police says there is no evidence to show the fire was an attempt to cause harm to those who worked at the market.

The investigation is ongoing. Boise Police are asking anyone with information from the day of the fire to come forward. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest or conviction in the case.

The market opened in 2014, housing food venders and stores selling coffee, tea, clothing and other goods. Many of the vendors were refugees, representing a wide range of cultures and countries.

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