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Arson fire at Yankton motel still a mystery a year later; ATF still seeking help from public


YANKTON, South Dakota — Federal authorities say they're still seeking tips from the public a year after an arson fire destroyed a Yankton motel.

The March 4, 2014, blaze destroyed the center of the Colonial Inn Motel and caused heavy smoke damage throughout. The loss was estimated at about half a million dollars.

After the fire, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released a photo of a suspect and posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

ATF spokesman Robert Schmidt tells the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan ( ) that some tips have come in but authorities are still looking for more help from the public.

Motel owner Dennis Berkland says he has no plans to rebuild.

Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan,

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