Jonesboro home broken into and set on fire

Jonesboro home broken into and set on fire

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An investigation continues into a Jonesboro home that was broken into and set on fire Saturday night.

A driver who drove by the house in the 500-block of West Nettleton Avenue called 911.

The Jonesboro Fire Department quickly responded, because they have a unit located near the neighborhood.

The resident, who leases the house, was not at the home during the break-in.

The fire department spent a couple hours putting out the fire and assessing the damage.

Jonesboro Fire Marshal Captain Jason Willis said this was an intentional act and there was a decent amount of damage.

"The damage is all to the interior of the house," Willis said. "Like I said, it doesn't look damaged from the outside and our office has this under investigation."

A neighbor became alarmed when he and his family noticed an odd smell coming from outside.

Jeremy Duffel, who lives across the street, said he walked outside and saw the top of the house covered in smoke.

"We were going to go over, but by the time we got out the fire trucks started showing up," Duffel said.

Duffel said that he has lived at his home for 4 years and within the past 8 months he's seen more and more break-ins in that area.

He said that has him thinking about what he needs to do to keep his family safe.

"We're actually thinking about moving out of the area," Duffel said.

Captain Jason Willis said if anyone has any information about this fire to contact the fire marshal's office at (870) 932-2428.

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