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Fire guts BLM's Challis office

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 14:55:12-04

A Tuesday morning fire has caused significant damage to a U.S. Bureau of Land Management office in Challis -- and an arson task force has been called in to investigate.

The Custer County Sheriff's Office says the fire reported at about 2 a.m. appears to have started on the south side of the building in a shop area.

BLM spokeswoman Sarah Wheeler says the building is uninhabitable for the thirty full-time and seasonal employees.

There have been no reports of injuries, and authorities didn't have a damage estimate.

Wheeler says it's not clear what kind of information contained in files and on computers might have been lost.
The other three BLM Field Offices –- Salmon, Upper Snake, and Pocatello – remained open Tuesday for normal business.

(by Associated Press)