KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - The Ionia County Sheriff's Office and Michigan State Police Fire Marshal have confirmed the fire that destroyed the historic White's Bridge earlier this month was arson.
The 146-year-old bridge between Belding and Lowell -- which was the oldest covered bridge in use in Michigan -- burned in the early morning hours of July 7. By the time officials arrived on the scene after 5 a.m., White's Bridge had already collapsed into the Flat River.
The sheriff's department originally said the fire was arson, but officials backed off that claim the next day, saying authorities needed to investigate further.
Tuesday, the sheriff's office said in a release that an accelerant was found on evidence collected from the bridge. The Fire Marshal agreed the fire was intentionally set.
There is a $7,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible.
Anyone with information about the arson is asked to call the Ionia County Sheriff's Department at 616.527.5737 or Silent Observer at 616.527.5737.
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