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Suspect in Custody in SEMO Frat Fire

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - A 19-year-old man faces a charge of second-degree arson and burglary in connection with a fire at a fraternity house at Southeast Missouri State University.

Ryan Johnson of Burfordville is held on $100,000 bond.

The fire broke out around 4 a.m. yesterday at an activity center for the Sigma Chi fraternity.  No one was in the building and no one was hurt.

Officers began talking to Johnston after finding him at the scene of the fire, and he became a suspect after additional interviews.

Damage to the building is estimated at $50,000.

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