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Carlton County man charged with setting cabin on fire
By News Tribune Today at 12:44 p.m.

A 56-year-old Wrenshall man faces a felony arson charge after allegedly admitting to setting fire to a cabin he shared with his estranged wife in Carlton County.
Robert Thompson was charged Friday in State District Court in Carlton after the Thursday night fire in Blackhoof Township, east of Barnum. He remained in the Carlton County Jail on Monday, and if convicted faces maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. His bail was set at $5,000.

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the fire shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday on the 1500 block of County Road 6.

A passerby had reported the cabin to be engulfed in flames, the Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release Monday.

Nobody was inside the cabin at the time of the fire and deputies learned that the property owners, Thompson and his 56-year-old wife, lived at the cabin, the news release said. During the investigation, Thompson allegedly admitted to intentionally starting a fire inside the structure.
According to the criminal complaint filed in District Court, Thompson admitted to starting the fire in two separate interviews — once with a deputy and once with an investigator. Thompson and his wife were recently estranged, the complaint said; his wife told authorities that she had received several voice messages from Thompson on the day of the fire that indicated he intended to set fire to the cabin.

Thompson is expected to make his next appearance in court on Feb. 1.

The Blackhoof, Mahtowa and Wrenshall fire departments assisted at the scene of the fire, and the State Fire Marshal is assisting with the investigation.

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