Fire department considers Monroe fire an arson

Fire department considers Monroe fire an arson

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Fire officials have determined that a suspicious fire on West Monroe Avenue is an arson, Region 8 News has learned.

Jonesboro fire crews were called to the scene of the fully-involved house fire around 8:30 p.m.

According to Battalion Chief Marty Hamrick, the fire was so intense when they arrived, they made the call not to send anyone into the home.

Fire trucks were set up on both West Monroe Avenue and South Floyd Street to attack the fire from multiple angles.

Hamrick told Region 8 News that the home is split into multiple units inside. Jonesboro CWL told fire crews that there were no utilities going to the home and they don't believe anyone was inside the home when the fire started.

Fire Marshal Jason Wills arrived on scene shortly after the fire started. Wills spoke to neighbors in the area trying to get an idea of what happened as he begins his investigation.

Some witnesses at the scene speculated that the fire was connected to a shooting that happened earlier this week on West Monroe. The home right next door to the house that caught fire Thursday night is the home where Nelson McCullough was shot and killed earlier this week.

Wills and members of both ATF and JFD met again Friday to further investigate the fire.

An accelerant-sniffing dog was brought out to help gather samples.

Wills said their main goal for the day is to find the cause of the fire.

"We have ATF and state police, they're bringing resources such as a dog to help us collect samples and things of that nature," Wills said. "So right now with the extensive damage, it's going to be a time consuming effort, a team effort, all of us working together to try to process the physical damage."

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you the latest developments as the occur.

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