UPDATE: Man allegedly connected to house fires questioned by Lebanon Authorities

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LEBANON, Mo.– The Lebanon Police Department released a statement just before 8:30 a.m. Thursday saying a man they were searching for has been located and is being questioned by officers about his connection to a string of house fires this week.


LEBANON, Mo. — Lebanon police have a person of interest in relation to the multiple fires this week.

The fire department in Lebanon fought five additional fires overnight Thursday, bringing the total number of fires fought between Wednesday night and Friday morning to nine.

Investigators say each of the fires started in the rear of the house. All of the fires have started in vacant homes.

The fires are believed to be arson but are currently under investigation.

This is a developing story.


ORIGINAL STORY

LEBANON, MO.– Authorities are investigating a string of possible arson-related house fires in Lebanon.

Lebanon firefighters and mutual aid departments responded to four vacant house fires overnight on October 3, 2019.

The first call came in shortly after midnight. Crews responded to a heavily involved house fire in the 500 block of Curry St.

The fire was able to be brought under control but destroyed the home. Three additional fires were discovered within hours after the first.

All three of those were able to be extinguished quickly with minor smoke and water damage.

Authorities say all four fires originated in vacant buildings near the rear of the home and appear to be intentionally set.

If anyone has any information regarding these four fires, please contact the Lebanon Police Department at 417.532.3131 or the Fire Department at 417.532.2104.

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