Police Chief: Senath fire considered "suspicious"

SENATH, MO (KAIT) – The quiet of the neighborhood on Ode Johnson Street and Caneer Street in Senath Missouri has disappeared once again.

An early morning fire destroyed the house where Shawn Morgan, the man accused of murdering 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez in August, lived when he was arrested.

Marty Miller, who lives next door the house, woke up, saw the fire and called 911 about 12:30 a.m. "I thought, 'I bet the house is on fire,' and sure enough it was. It was just engulfed in flames."

Senath firefighter Chuck Clark said it took about 10 firefighters to keep the fire from spreading to Miller's house and an unoccupied house on the left side of the Morgan house. "We pretty much did our best to buffer the other house," Clark said.

The Missouri Fire Marshal and Senath police chief Omar Karnes said the fire at the Morgan house and the fire at the home of the brother of Shawn Morgan is suspicious. "Anytime you have utilities and stuff all disconnected from the house and there's some accelerant used, it's suspicious," he said.

Chief Karnes said he doesn't think the general public is in danger, but is asking for help in the investigation. "If anybody has any information, we appreciate them coming to us, but it's still under investigation and probably will be for  a while."

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SENATH, MO (KFVS) - Senath firefighters received an early call this morning to a house fire on the southwest side of town.

According to the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department the fire was at a home on Ode Johnson St.

According to the Senath police chief, the fire is considered suspicious.

Senath police say the home of Kevin Morgan, Shawn Morgan's brother, also burned on Monday. That fire is also under investigation.

The home that burned Wednesday had no utilities. This is one of five suspicious fires police say are under investigation in Senath.

Investigators on the scene confirm this is the home that alleged child killer Shawn Morgan lived in when he was arrested and charged with the murder of 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez who lived with her parents next door.

Morgan pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday for the murder of Rodriguez.

At the time of the fire Wednesday morning no one was living in the home. Police are still searching for the home owner.

The Missouri Fire Marshal was on the scene investigating the cause of this fire.

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