Winona, MN (KROC-AM News)- Authorities in Winona County are seeking a first-degree arson charge against a Michigan man accused of starting a fire at a seminary. 

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Winona County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Mueller said deputies responded to the fire at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary outside of Winona around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. Mueller said 48-year-old Sean Hanify was there on a retreat and admitted to starting a fire in the seminary’s laundry room.

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No one was hurt but Mueller said the building suffered heavy smoke damage. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office responded to the fire for an investigation. Hanify is currently in the Winona County Jail where he’s awaiting his first court appearance.

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