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Fire hits Somali restaurant vandalized with Nazi symbol

For an update on the story, see http://www.dglobe.com/news/3899550-fire-somali-shop-intentional-marshals... GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Someone spray-painted what appears to be a Nazi symbol on a Somali restaurant that later caught fire in Grand Forks. ...

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For an update on the story, see http://www.dglobe.com/news/3899550-fire-somali-shop-intentional-marshals...

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Someone spray-painted what appears to be a Nazi symbol on a Somali restaurant that later caught fire in Grand Forks.

The fire early Tuesday heavily damaged Juba Coffee House.

Grand Forks Police are investigating an apparent hate crime that occurred overnight Thursday, when someone painted the graffiti on the exterior wall of the building. The graffiti included what appears to be an SS, in the style of an old Nazi Germany symbol, above the painted words, “go home.”

Authorities have not yet determined whether the graffiti and Tuesday’s fire are related.

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Grand Forks Fire Department responded to the call about 2:06 a.m. at 2017 S. Washington St. Firefighters brought the blaze under control within 20 minutes, Battalion Chief Rob Corbett said. No one was injured.

The estimated damage is about $90,000 to the building and contents, he said.

The fire was the second incident at the business in the past few days.

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Juba Coffee House, a popular Somali restaurant in Grand Forks, was heavily damaged by an early morning fire Tuesday. The previous week, graffiti was scrawled on the building's window in the style of a Nazi Germany symbol, above the words "go home." Lori Weber Menke/Grand Forks Herald

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Juba Coffee House, a popular Somali restaurant in Grand Forks, was heavily damaged by an early morning fire Tuesday. The previous week, graffiti was scrawled on the building's window in the style of a Nazi Germany symbol, above the words "go home." Lori Weber Menke/Grand Forks Herald

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