Arsonist torches Fairbanks milepost

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Boredom was behind the burning of a much-photographed milepost near the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, police say.

Someone doused the pole with gasoline and set it afire early Thursday. Firefighters spent 10 minutes extinguishing the blaze, and later found a note addressed to police, Battalion Chief Ron Muir said.

The author of the note wrote that he didn't have anything to do to keep him busy.

''Without giving any specifics away, it basically was due to boredom,'' said Lt. Dusty Johnson. ''The last line of the note was 'boredom.'''

This is not the first time the milepost has been vandalized.

It was torn down and tossed into the river a little over a year ago, said Dave Jacoby, director of the city Public Works Department.

A new milepost was built by volunteers using donations.

A damage estimate was not immediately available. The milepost was singed on all four sides but remains legible.

Tourists still can determine how far they are from a number of cities around the globe.

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