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Medford convenience store fire ruled arson, operator arrested


MEDFORD, WI (WSAU) - A man is in custody, charged with felony arson after a fire destroyed a Medford business and caused damages to the adjacent businesses.

35-year-old David J. Johnson of Medford is accused of setting fire to the business he operated, the Main Street Convenience Store.  Police Chief Ken Coyer says they do not believe business owner Steven Fisher is involved in the crime.   Chief Coyer says they do know the cause of the blaze, but those details will be released later by the State Fire Marshall and the Department of Criminal Investigations.  

A Medford police patrol officer spotted the smoke at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The State Fire Marshall and the Department of Criminal Investigation was called in to assist Medford and Stetsonville fire officials determine the cause of the fire. No further details have been released.

Johnson remains in custody, unable to post a $10,000 cash bond.