Arraignment Friday in Ambassador Apartment Arsons

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The 24-year-old man accused of setting two fires in one week at the historic Ambassador Apartments in Springfield has waived his preliminary hearing and is to appear back in court for arraignment on Friday (6/23/17).

Dillon Michael Gilbert is charged with two counts of first-degree arson at the building at Elm Street and National Avenue. Firefighters responded to the building on May 4, 2017 and again on May 8 after fire was reported there, once in an apartment and once in the hall outside that unit.

Damage was estimated at $40,000 at the fully occupied building where Gilbert was a tenant.

There were no injuring reported during the fires, but one person was evacuated by firemen from a second story window. One person had to be treated for smoke inhalation after one of the incidents, according to the Springfield Fire Department.

The Ambassador Apartments is comprised of four brick buildings just northeast of the Missouri State University campus.  The buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

 


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