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Man facing charges in Devils Lake Hardee’s fire

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Devils Lake man is facing felony arson and burglary charges in connection with an Oct. 25 fire that destroyed the Hardee's Restaurant in Devils Lake.

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Devils Lake man is facing felony arson and burglary charges in connection with an Oct. 25 fire that destroyed the Hardee’s Restaurant in Devils Lake.

Michael Ott, 24, was placed in the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center jail Friday in lieu of $250,000 cash bond, Devils Lake Police Detective Sue Schwab said.

Formal charges were expected to be filed today, she said.

The fire was reported by a passerby shortly before 3 a.m. on Oct. 25. Devils Lake Fire Department firefighters were on the scene for more than 13 hours, Devils Lake Fire Chief Jim Moe said. The restaurant had closed late Saturday night and the last employees reportedly left the building more than two hours before the alarm sounded.

The North Dakota State Fire Marshal’s Office and an investigator from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the scene.

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