'Suspicious' fire under investigation

'Suspicious' fire under investigation

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An argument between a man and woman early Saturday morning may have sparked what police call a "suspicious" fire.

At 1 p.m. Saturday Officer Joshua Beasley responded to a suspicious activity call in the 1500-block of Brookhaven.

The 29-year-old victim told police the suspect, a 25-year-old Greenway man, had been to her house during the night and, while she was taking him home at 1 a.m., they got into an argument.

The woman said when the man punched the radio in her car, breaking the screen. She made him get out on Gee Street and walk.

Because she feared the man might return to her home, the woman told Officer Beasley she went to a friend's place to spend the night.

At 2:39 a.m., according to the report, she received a text from the suspect stating "that her house was on fire."

The victim said she did not go check on her home at that time because "she thought he was just trying to get her there."

When she arrived at her home later Saturday morning, she found two window screens on the ground. Inside the house, she found all of the burners on the stove turned on. A fire had burned the top of the stove, which had a skillet, teapot and some plates piled on top of it.

According to the report, the fire caused smoke damage to the kitchen wall.

The case has been turned over to detectives for investigation.

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