Sheriff's department announces arrest in Batesville business fir - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Sheriff's department announces arrest in Batesville business fire

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Independence County Sheriff's Department has announced that they do have a man in custody in connection with a suspicious fire last year.

According to Sheriff Steve Jeffery, after 11 months of investigation, Christopher Brashers is in custody for arson. He is accused of setting fire to three businesses located on 1614 Harrison in Batesville—Pioneer Pizza, Teed Family Dentistry, and Hon's Sav-On Drugs.

Because of the fire, police say the three businesses had over $1 million in losses and disruptions in their professional and personal lives.

Around 10 p.m. on June 20, 2011, firefighters received a 9-1-1 call from someone who saw smoke coming from two of the buildings.

Mark McCollum, with the Batesville Fire Department, says when crews arrived on the scene the Pioneer Pizza was fully engulfed, and quickly spread to the Teed Family Dentistry and Hon's Sav-On Drugs.

 "We had twenty-two men on scene. We actually spent five hours on scene," said McCollum.

Fire investigators were on scene the following Wednesday surveying the damage trying to find out what exactly caused the buildings to catch fire.

 "Just looking for cause and origin of the fire right now. Trying to determine the area of the building where the fire started and occurred and go from there," said Detective Randy Sharp, an officer with the Independence County Sheriff's Department who has specialized training in arson investigations and fire related incidents.

Detective Sharp said investigators had to wait until that Wednesday to start investigating because the rubble was still too hot. He says they haven't ruled out arson.

 "I haven't ruled anything out. It's just a fire and we're looking into it. Just like any other fire in the county. If it's a house fire, or if it's an apartment fire, or business fire. We look into them," said Sharp."It affects the entire community. It was a pharmacy. So, the people with their meds and scripts and the relationships they've had with their pharmacist is gone right now temporarily until they relocate. Same thing with the dentist," said Sharp.

We will continue to track this story, and let you know of any new developments.

Copyright 2012 KAIT.All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Hydration station unveiled on A-State campus

    Hydration station unveiled on A-State campus

    Friday, August 17 2018 11:25 PM EDT2018-08-18 03:25:45 GMT
    Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)
    Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)

    As part of a campus beautification project, Arkansas State University installed a hydration station.

    As part of a campus beautification project, Arkansas State University installed a hydration station.

  • breaking

    Sheriff: Two teens killed in train versus truck crash in Clay County

    Sheriff: Two teens killed in train versus truck crash in Clay County

    Friday, August 17 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-08-17 22:48:26 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 11:25 PM EDT2018-08-18 03:25:00 GMT

    According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, two teenagers, who were both seniors in high school, are dead after a train versus truck crash near County Road 154 north of Corning. 

    According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, two teenagers, who were both seniors in high school, are dead after a train versus truck crash near County Road 154 north of Corning. 

  • breaking

    Sheriff: Rape, kidnapping suspect released in Greene County

    Sheriff: Rape, kidnapping suspect released in Greene County

    Friday, August 17 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:53:05 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 10:58 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:58:18 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    According to a post on the Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook, a man arrested earlier this week in connection with a rape in Greene County has been released. 

    According to a post on the Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook, a man arrested earlier this week in connection with a rape in Greene County has been released. 

Powered by Frankly