Missouri fire officials classify fire where James Phelps lived as arson

Cassidy Rainwater

DALLAS COUNTY, Mo.- A Missouri State Fire Marshal report has classified the fire at the property where Cassidy Rainwater allegedly was kidnapped as arson.

According to the incident report, the incident is labeled as second-degree arson. The report also says around $40,000 was lost from the fire, and the classification is undetermined and criminal.

Cassidy Rainwater image with two accused kidnappers

The fire happened at the Moon Valley Road property on the evening of October 4. During the initial investigation, a Dallas County deputy found a device resembling a tripwire. That discovery led to the Springfield bomb squad investigating the incident.

On October 12, OzarksFirst obtained a report from the bomb squad stating that two incidenary devices were found at the scene. The bomb squad found the two incidenary devices made with mortar tubes, balloons, and coiled fuzes with a tripwire attached.

The Fire Marshal report also lists James Phelps as married. Phelps and Timothy Norton have been charged with kidnapping Rainwater and will appear in court again on November 5.

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