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Police: Storage shed fire on West Allen Street was arson



A shed that stores maintenance equipment for an apartment complex on West Allen Street was intentionally set on fire Tuesday, according to police. 

Darren Nash, a 31-year-old Bloomington man, was arrested on the preliminary charge of arson.

Bloomington Police Department Lt. John Kovach said arson investigators found splash marks on some of the equipment in the shed, which were determined to be from an accelerant.

There was charring above a window in the shed, and some lawnmowers were damaged in the fire, Kovach said. 

The estimated value of the shed and the equipment inside is $5,000. Kovach said police didn't have an estimated cost of the damages.

The shed door was locked at the time of the fire, Kovach said. 

He said after after determining the fire was set intentionally, police and fire investigators questioned two people with keys to the shed, one of whom was Nash. 

Nash initially told police he tried to put the fire out with an extinguisher, Kovach said. 

He said after further questioning, Nash admitted to setting the fire. He was arrested Wednesday. 

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