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9/11 Memorial in Coeur d'Alene vandalized

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Authorities in North Idaho are looking for the person responsible for an arson fire that damaged the soon to be developed Fallen Heroes Plaza at 15th and Hazel Avenue, overnight Tuesday.

Coeur d'Alene Police say basalt columns put in place at the memorial Tuesday by the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department are meant to symbolize the Twin Towers destroyed on 9/11.

Fire deputies went to the site around 7:30 Wednesday morning to find that a cloth draped over one of the columns had been lit on fire and had melted into the basalt column.

Three other fires were set in a portable restroom near the entrance to the Plaza and in the men's and women's restroom at the adjacent 9/11 Memorial playground.

Fire personnel are trying to repair the memorial and say the dedication set to take place Thursday will happen as scheduled. Officials said Wednesday, "The Police and Fire Department are saddened by the vandalism to the memorial but we will persevere in our goal to open the Fallen Heroes Plaza by July 2009."

Local Fire Union 710 and the Coeur d'Alene Police Association are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for starting the fires.

Police say they have no leads at this time, and will be investigating the incidents.

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