A building on South Main Street in Monticello was destroyed by fire Sunday evening. The building was vacant and owned by the City of Monticello.

     A building in downtown Monticello was destroyed by fire on Sunday, 
April 5, and officials think it was arson.
    The two-story building, located on South Main Street between the 
Farmer's Market and City Hall, has been vacant for quite some time 
and was recently damaged in a vehicle accident.
    Monticello Fire Chief Steve Ferrell said that it appears the fire 
was set when someone threw something into a window at the back of the 
    Firefighters were called to the scene at 8:53 p.m., but because of 
the condition of the old building did not enter it.
     Firemen were on the scene to control the blaze until about 1 a.m. 
Ferrell said the structure was a total loss.
    The building was owned by the City of Monticello.
    The Monticello Fire Department also responded to a woods fire on 
Saturday, April 4 in the Parmleysville area.
    Ferrell said that firemen battled that blaze before it was turned over to forestry officials.

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