Restaurant owner charged with arson

Published 7:58 am Thursday, February 28, 2019

HALLOCK — A northwestern Minnesota woman is accused of setting fire to her restaurant to collect insurance money.

Tamara DeVore is charged with first-degree arson and insurance fraud. Prosecutors say DeVore set fire to the Caribou Grill in Hallock on Feb. 21.

KVRR reports investigators say a person who was at the bar escaped without being injured. Authorities say DeVore could be seen on security video entering and exiting a storage room, then leaving the area several minutes before heavy smoke filled the room.

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It’s not clear if DeVore has hired an attorney to speak on her behalf.