Former U.S. President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, in New York City on September 29, 2015.
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By Daniel White
December 25, 2015

A fire that damaged the childhood home of Bill Clinton is suspected to be arson.

Officials in Hope, Ark. are investigating the blaze, which broke out at about 3:20 a.m. Friday, CBS News reports. The building, where the 42nd president spent the first four years of his life, is a designated National Historic Site.

The other buildings on the property, including the National Park Service gift shop and headquarters, were undamaged, according to CBS. The house was owned by Clinton’s grandparents and even after he moved, Clinton spent many of his childhood summers and holidays there, according to the Clinton Childhood Museum’s website.

“In this house, I learned to walk and talk; I learned to pray; I learned to read; I learned to count from the playing cards my grandparents tacked up on the kitchen windows which are directly behind us now,” Clinton once said, according to the museum.

Federal authorities were on their way to Arkansas to help local authorities investigate the fire.

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