Arson suspected in county house fire

This home in the 4500 block of County Road 217, seen flaring back up under the supervision of owners Mike and Scott Gilbert, was a total loss in a fire that the Callaway County Sheriff's Office suspect was intentially started. Any with information are encouraged to call CCSO at (573) 642-7291 or Crime Stoppers at (573) 592-2474. Anonymous tips can also be made through the Callaway County Sheriff's Office Website at www.callawaysheriff.org by selecting the Crime Tips tab.

This home in the 4500 block of County Road 217, seen flaring back up under the supervision of owners Mike and Scott Gilbert, was a total loss in a fire that the Callaway County Sheriff's Office suspect was intentially started. Any with information are encouraged to call CCSO at (573) 642-7291 or Crime Stoppers at (573) 592-2474. Anonymous tips can also be made through the Callaway County Sheriff's Office Website at www.callawaysheriff.org by selecting the Crime Tips tab. Photo by Dean Asher.

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office says a fire that destroyed an unoccupied residence and outbuilding in the 4500 block of County Road 217 is a case of “apparent arson fire.”

Firefighters with the Central Callaway, North Callaway and Millersburg Fire Protection districts responded to a structure fire shortly after 5:30 a.m. Monday, when a neighbor awoke to find a vacant house and detached garage fully involved in flames. The fire was brought under control and the property is a total loss.

CCSO deputies were called in shortly thereafter, where they and the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office found evidence they believe indicate the fire had been set purposefully.

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