Arson reportedly suspected in blaze at Bill Clinton birthplace

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Bill Clinton’s birthplace reportedly was damaged in a suspected arson fire early Christmas morning.

Fox 16 reports that the fire at the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home in Hope, Ark., broke out shortly after 3 a.m. Friday.

Local police and fire officials say they suspect arson, and the incident is under investigation.

"There's just evidence and signs that we do believe it was intentionally set," Fire Department Chief Dale Glanton told KSLA.

Officials reportedly have no suspects at this time.

There also are conflicting reports on the extent of the damage.

Reuters, which said firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, quoted the police chief saying the damage was minimal -- but KSLA reported extensive damage. According to the report, the fire spread from one side of the house, up through the walls and into the second floor.

The home, where Clinton spent his earliest childhood years, is a National Historic Site operated by the National Park Service.

The incident comes as Hillary Clinton is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.