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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Sheriff: Easter morning fire was intentionally set

  • An Easter morning fire at a mobile home turned out to be an arson case.
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  • An Easter morning fire at a mobile home turned out to be an arson case.
    "On Easter morning, we got a call about a house fire at 11622 Gateway Drive Lot 7, Neosho," Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said. "One of the neighbors observed that one of the mobile homes was on fire at lot 7, one of the residents looked over, saw the occupant of the home laying in the doorway. He went over, assisted him out, fire units arrived, along with the Newton County Sheriff's Office and we got the fire marshal involved."
    The occupant was identified as Kyle Crawford, 22.
    "Kyle Crawford immediately told the officers that he had set the fire," the sheriff said. "There were then some statements made about a couple of other occupants that lived there, there for awhile we were concerned that perhaps they had perished in the fire. But, later in the evening, we were able to contact them and they are OK."
    The mobile home was totally destroyed from the fire, while a neighbor's mobile home also sustained some damage to the home's siding, and a car was also damaged.
    "I don't know why he started it (fire)," Copeland said. "He is in custody right now for second degree arson, I think that it is a $20,000 bond."

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