New details released in Marked Tree arson investigation

Marked Tree police investigate arson
(Source: Marked Tree Fire Department via Facebook)
(Source: Marked Tree Fire Department via Facebook)
(Source: Marked Tree Fire Department via Facebook)
(Source: Marked Tree Fire Department via Facebook)

Region 8 News Desk - The Marked Tree Police Department has identified one of two suspects caught on camera setting a fire to a business early Monday morning.

According to Lt. Michael Matlock, the Midway Market, located on Elm Street, caught fire at around 1:00 a.m. The building was heavily damaged.

Matlock told Region 8 News that police have developed a person of interest in one suspect. A second suspect "walks with a heavy limp".

Surveillance video from the business caught both men spraying some type of accelerant on the building before lighting the substance on fire. Both suspects were wearing all black clothing and one wore a blue ski mask. The other suspect wore a tan ski mask.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire.

A truck that was parked at the market was also set on fire.

Roosevelt Smith parked his truck at the store the night of the fire.

He came back for it the next day and found it with minor damages.

Smith said he has come to the Midway market for years and said for it to not be open anymore upsets not only him, but the whole community.

"This store is a real big part of the community," Smith said. "Like most, nearly everybody came here. It was the busiest store in town. The dude was a real kind person. If you didn't have all your money, he'd give it to you, sometimes he'd give it to you for free. So it's going to be a real downer for everybody."

Police also learned of the make and model of the suspect's vehicle, but declined to release the information due to the ongoing investigation.

If you have any knowledge of the fire, you are urged to call the police department at 870-358-2024.

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