Men discover house on fire, neighbor arrested for arson

Men discover house on fire, neighbor arrested for arson

GIDEON, MO (KAIT) - Police in Missouri arrested a man for arson after homeowners discovered their residence was on fire.

Jimmy Allen Hazel, 51, of Gideon was arrested on May 14 for first-degree arson, according to court documents from the New Madrid County Circuit Court.

In those documents, Gideon Police Chief Josh Roberts states he was called to a problem among neighbors in the 300-block of S. Main St. on Saturday afternoon.

Two brothers told the chief they were being harassed by a neighbor over a wrench. The wrench was reportedly in a wrecked vehicle located in an impound lot.

One of the brothers said they would buy their neighbor a new one since they were unable to get in the vehicle.

Roberts states Hazel came over to the brother's home and said they borrowed the wrench about a month ago.

The chief told both parties to stay on their respective properties, and they agreed to do so.

Roberts was called back to the same residence later in the afternoon about a neighbor trying to burn the house down.

The brothers claimed Hazel tried to burn their house.

One brother told the chief he saw Hazel walk by the window and soon after smelled gas and smoke.

The second brother said he too smelled gas, then saw Hazel walk by the window followed by the smell of smoke.

He went outside and found the house was on fire.

One of the brothers reportedly saw Hazel "riding his lawn mower around their house" mowing part of the yard.

A 5-gallon gas jug and an empty Jim Beam container, not belonging to the men, found on their property were taken as evidence.

Just before 8 p.m. Roberts states Hazel made contact with him on Main St.

Hazel told the chief he didn't know anything about the house catching fire.

Roberts arrested Hazel and took him to the New Madrid County Sheriff's Office for booking.

Online records indicate Hazel is currently in the Pemiscot County Jail.

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