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'Suspicous' fire destroys Hoopa Tribal building

HOOPA- The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office says arson could have been a factor in a fire this morning completely destroying a Hoopa Tribal building.

The fire started just after six this morning at the Hoopa Valley Tribal Housing Authority Office. By 6:30, the building was engulfed in flames. Firefighters with Hoopa Volunteer Fire Department worked into the afternoon to put out the fire and hot spots. No one was injured.

The Sheriff's Office says the fire appears suspicious and an arson task force has been called to the scene to investigate. An exact cause is undetermined.

The tribe says if the fire is confirmed as arson, it will be one of a number of tribal buildings targeted in the past year.

 “This is very disheartening news for our tribe and community," Tribal Chairwoman Danielle Vigil-Masten said. "It’s a major set-back for projects we are working on, and may delay tribal members receiving homes.”