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Rock Island auction barn fire caused by arson, says police

Rock Island police are investigating after someone set fire to the Rock Island Livestock Auction Barn over the weekend.

On Saturday around 5:30 pm, the Rock Island Fire Department responded to a large fire on the property, located on 5th Street and 37th Avenue. Multiple fire departments helped to extinguish and contain the fire, but the nearly 100-year old barn was destroyed.

One cow died during the fire and one escaped. Another 25 cattle were relocated safely. The missing cow was found two days later near the 100 block of 31st Avenue.

The city is still working to extinguish the rest of the smoldering hay. Officials say it will smolder for up to 10 days and residents may notice smoke in the area.

The Rock Island Fire Marshal determined the fire was deliberately set. Police are investigating.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.