Abandoned house fire was suspected arson


by Leah Wankum - [email protected]



From left, Firefighter Jeremy Pepin, Deputy Chief Gregory Harrell and Captain Barry White discuss the house fire in order to confirm information and file the report as an incendiary fire case to the Sedalia Police Department.


by Leah Wankum

[email protected]

From left, Firefighter Jeremy Pepin, Deputy Chief Gregory Harrell and Captain Barry White discuss the house fire in order to confirm information and file the report as an incendiary fire case to the Sedalia Police Department.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Arson1.jpgFrom left, Firefighter Jeremy Pepin, Deputy Chief Gregory Harrell and Captain Barry White discuss the house fire in order to confirm information and file the report as an incendiary fire case to the Sedalia Police Department.

Local emergency personnel responded to a 911 call for an abandoned house in the 500 block of East 4th Street that appeared to be on fire at about 2:10 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Captain Barry White with the Sedalia Fire Department said no one was inside, but the fire appeared to be intentionally lit on the toilet in the bathroom.

“We saw a small fire burning in the bathroom,” White said. “It was on top of the toilet, a bunch of paper burning. So that’s why we know it wasn’t an accident.

“It was like somebody lit a match or lighter and tried to light it on fire, looks like.”

White said the house wasn’t locked up when the fire department, Sedalia Police Department and Pettis County Ambulance District arrived on scene shortly after receiving the emergency call. While the damages didn’t worsen the condition of the house, firefighters had to take cautionary action crossing the threshold into the front door, the only entrance of the house, because the wooden porch was rotting.

“Damage-wise, they only just burned a 2 square foot area, maybe,” White said. “They just put the trash on fire. There was trash on the floor everywhere, the debris, you know, food trash.”

Leah Wankum can be reached at 660-826-1000 or @leahwankum.

Sedalia Democrat

Leah Wankum can be reached at 660-826-1000 or @leahwankum.

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