Newark police investigating shed fire as arson

NEWARK, AR (KAIT) - Newark police are searching for the person or persons responsible for an arson.

Newark Police officer Billy Croom was dispatched to a home on Main Street in reference to a structure fire Wednesday at 11:00 p.m. Croom reported that when he arrived, he saw an outdoor shed fully engulfed in fire.

When Newark first responders arrived, they cleared the residence and extinguished the fire.

The owner of the shed Henry Riley told police that there was no electricity going to the shed. He also said that there was no reason for it to catch on fire.

According to the police report, the shed fire destroyed or damaged a riding lawn mower, miscellaneous tools, a chainsaw, a weed eater, a compressor, and a 1998 Chrysler Town and Country van.

Marty Melton with the Newark Fire Department said he believed the fire was arson because of the lack of electricity and natural ignition.

At this time, Newark Police do not have any suspects.

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