POSTED: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 5:53pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm
The old Skylark Motel went up in flames Sunday evening after authorities say a homeless man made a fire to keep warm. But our Emily Turner explains why this fire is sparking the interest of the Fire Marshal.
As you can see, that small fire got out of control and fires like this one aren’t anything new in cold weather, but that isn’t why the State Fire Marshal is concerned.
Butch Browning says arson is becoming a statewide problem. He says people are not only using fire to see revenge on enemies, but to fix their financial woes. Marshal Browning fears people are resorting to burning their homes, cars, and property to get them out of debt. It’s a crime that Browning promises his investigators will be cracking down on. “We will take evidence, we will use every tool in the criminal investigative world to find you and we will take you to court.”
The man responsible for all of this probably won’t be charged with arson because he claims it was an accident, but if it were on purpose, he could face up to 15 years behind bars.