A house fire that occurred late Saturday night has been determined to be an arson.
According to a Sedalia Police Department news release, at 11:37 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, SPD officers and the Sedalia Fire Department responded to a residence in the 600 block of East 10th Street in reference to a house fire. Upon SFD extinguishing the fire, a deceased victim, identified as Daniel T. Smith, 53, of the residence, was found inside the home.
“An investigation by the Sedalia Police Department and the state Fire Marshal’s office determined the fire was set intentionally, that it was arson,” said SPD Detective Kelly Casto. “The investigation revealed the victim was deceased prior to the fire. At this point the death is deemed suspicious in nature and the investigation is ongoing.”
A SPD report from earlier this week stated officers observed fire consuming the entire south side of the residence.
Pettis County Coroner Skip Smith previously told the Democrat an autopsy had been conducted Monday. Casto said they are still waiting on the toxicology results.
Casto said he was unable to release any other information due to the ongoing investigation.
“We’ve been interviewing a lot of people trying to get all the facts of everything that has happened with this fire,” he said. “We’re just trying to determine where we need to go from here.”
If anyone has any information about this incident, they are encouraged to call SPD at 660-826-8100.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.