Two people are behind bars after a house went up in flames in Steele Tuesday night.
According to Steele Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield, emergency crews were called out to a house fire on Liberty Street around 8:40 p.m.
The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
No one was inside the home at the time of the fire, and no neighboring homes were damaged.
Police soon realized the fire was deliberately set.
They called in the Missouri State Fire Marshal to assist with the investigation.
Officers interviewed Melissa Wade, 32, and Terry Partain, 49, both from Steele.
They were both taken to the Pemiscot County Jail and charged with second degree arson.
Partain’s bond was set at $200,000 and Wade’s was set at $100,000.
Chief Stanfield said there was also an ongoing investigation into several residential burglaries in the city recently.
On Wednesday, Partain was charged with 5 counts of burglary and his bond was set at $375,000 for those charges.
Additional felony burglary charges have also been filed with the prosecuting attorney against Partain and additional warrants are expected.
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