Arson being investigated in Downtown Paragould

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – Paragould police are investigating a weekend business fire as an arson.

Fire crews were called to the blaze Saturday night in Downtown Paragould. The fire department said shortly after 11:45 p.m., they responded to the fire at 113 S. Pruett St. The business is a clothing store called Revolution.

Owner Misty Hyde described the damage and told Region 8 News, "I feel like I'm at a total loss. We can't open. You can't sell things that have smoke and water damage."

According to Paragould Police Corporal Jack Hailey, the cause is being investigated as an arson.
Hyde said she told police who did it.

Although she wouldn't say the person's name, Hyde says an argument Thursday night with someone she used to work for turned into a threat.

"It was a very verbal, vocal, threat to burn my business down," Hyde said.

That was Thursday, on Friday her store was broken into and Saturday the fire happened. Hyde said it was all too coincidental for her. "I just hope they catch who did it.  Maybe we can start over," she said.

Hyde said downtown neighbors saw two people run from her store Saturday night, just before the fire happened.  Paragould police could not comment on that as the investigation is ongoing.
The fire was contained to a corner in the back of the building. The fire department said there were no injuries.

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