UPDATE: Man arrested for setting house on fire
CLARENCE, MO —
A Shelby County man has now been arrested for purposely setting fire to the home he currently was living in.
Clarence Police Department Chief Raymond Barton confirmed with KHQA the arrest of 55-year-old George Gale for second degree arson in relation to a Monday morning structure fire.
Chief Barton tells KHQA Gale lived in the house but did not own the residence.
According to Chief Barton, Gale told officers he set fire to a pile of items he had soaked in lighter fluid in the middle of the house before escaping.
On Monday morning, fire crews responded to a house fire in Clarence, Missouri.
The home, located at 400 West Walnut Street, broke out into flames shortly before 11 a.m.
According to The Clarence Courier, the home is a total loss.
Robin Shores with The Clarence Courier says The Clarence Volunteer Fire Department and Shelbina Fire Protection Services battled the fire for about 45 minutes until it was controlled.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.