Waldron Police Arrest Juvenile, Woman On Suspicion Of Arson

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WALDRON (KFSM) -- Waldron police have arrested a juvenile and a 26-year-old woman in connection to at least seven fires that were set intentionally in the last few weeks, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

Scott County Chief Deputy Billy Carnahan said a total of seven fires were set between July 20 and August 9. Some of the fires happened in Waldron city limits, and others were in Scott County. Four vacant houses, a shop building and a barn were either damaged or destroyed in the county.

Three house fires and a vehicle fire were set in the city, according to Waldron police. The suspects also vandalized the Ready-Mix cement plant by pouring sand and oil into fuel tanks, police said.

Susie Lancaster's parents live between two homes that were vandalized.

"The house down the street caught fire and that was at about 2 a.m.," she said. "And as they were putting that one out, [the other] one caught fire."

On August 11, the 26-year-old woman was interviewed by police and admitted that she and three juveniles set the house and vehicle fires in the city and vandalized the cement plant, according to Waldron police. The Scott County Sheriff's Office is not releasing how the fires were started, but Carnahan said some of them were started in a similar way.

"The fires that occurred in town were identified pretty quickly as being arson, just because of the nature of the way they burned," he said.

Waldron police said additional arrests are anticipated.

The string of arson fires and a house fire that killed a five-year-old in July are not believed to be related, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

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