FARGO — The Fargo Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect believed to be tied to a case of arson that occurred June 14 at the Fryn' Pan restaurant in Fargo.

Anyone with information regarding the identity and/or whereabouts of the person in this photo is asked to call the Investigations Division at (701) 241-1405. Individuals may also text a tip with keyword FARGOPD to 847411.

The June 14 fire started in a dumpster next to the Fryn' Pan restaurant at 300 Main Ave. and damaged both the dumpster and the business.

Damage to the business was estimated at $5,000.

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Damage from a dumpster fire is visible Monday, June 14, 2021, at Fryn' Pan Restaurant in downtown Fargo.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Damage from a dumpster fire is visible Monday, June 14, 2021, at Fryn' Pan Restaurant in downtown Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Prior to that fire, Fargo police and fire officials were investigating at least seven fires in less than three months labeled as suspicious or intentionally set.

Before the June 14 fire, the most recent fire occurred just after midnight on June 9 in an abandoned flood buyout house at 3680 River Drive S. that had no gas or electricity running to it and had been used by the Red River Valley SWAT Team for training.

Shortly before that fire, crews were dispatched to five dumpster fires in three separate locations in south Fargo.

All of the overnight fires were labeled by investigators as suspicious.

Prior to Monday's fire, Fargo police said they believed the previous dumpster fires were linked, but it was uncertain if the house fire was also related to them.

Fargo police said that as of Thursday morning the suspect in the Fryn' Pan fire is not a suspect in any other cases.