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UPDATE: "We have no idea what the motive was," Mayor on Clarksville City Hall fire

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UPDATE: 100 years after being built, the inside of Clarksville City Hall is torched.

The damage inside is extensive. Recent records and documents have been digitally backed up, but things like equipment and historical records were destroyed. 

"We lost some that dated back before the turn of the 20th century," Mayor Val Swinton said.

The mayor says he has no idea why someone would set City Hall on fire.

"We have no idea what the motive was. Neither the city clerk nor police chief have had any run-ins with this gentleman (Wessels)  so we are not sure why or what the motive would have been," Swinton said.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office is taking over the investigation. 


Clarksville City Hall is closed after a fire over the weekend. The building, built in 1917, has lost the majority of its historical documents.

According to Clarksville Mayor Val Swinton, nobody was hurt and it appears the fire started inside the building. Mayor Swinton says authorities are calling the fire suspicious in nature.' 

Nicolas Wessels, 23, of Clarksville, was arrested in connection to the fire last Saturday. Wessels is being held in the Butler County Jail on two charges. They include Arson in the 2nd Degree (Class C Felony) and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree (Class D Felony).

According to Mayor Swinton, a mobile office is coming from Minneapolis tomorrow for people to work out of. 

They will have a city council meeting tonight at the public library.

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