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UPDATE: Man Charged in Connection to Intentional House Fire in Republic, Additional Charges Pending

UPDATE: A Greene County man has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest, according to Republic Police officials.

Republic Police and Republic Fire Department responded to a house fire early in the morning on July 7 where they were greeted with a man wielding a rifle.

Jason Hawkins, 35, has been charged for pointing the rifle at officers and for resisting when officers tried to detain him.

Officials believe the fire was intentionally set, but Hawkins has not been charged with arson. However, charges are still pending.

 

REPUBLIC, Mo. - A house fire in Republic early Saturday morning was intentionally set this morning according to the city.

Around 4 a.m., Republic Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 300 block of W. Mill. Republic Police were first on scene and reported a fully involved house fire.

About the same time, the homeowner pointed a rifle towards the officers on the street. Police were able to mitigate the situation and secure the area. The homeowner was detained at the scene.

There were no one injuries to the fire department or the officers working the scene. Fire crews from Battlefield, Willard, Billings all helped with suppressing the fire. The home was determined a total loss. 

A State Fire Marshal was contacted and conducted an investigation of the fire scene. It was determined the fire was intentionally set. The homeowner was booked in the Greene County Jail on numerous charges related to the event. 

The case is still under investigation by Republic Police and the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office. 


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