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Sheriff: Assault, arson charges possible in Maries County fire

The Maries County sheriff said Tuesday that his department is interrogating suspects in a fire that led to injuries for six volunteer firefighters.

Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman said the investigation is going to continue thorugh the week, and he hoped to submit information to prosecutors for charges to be filed soon.

“They could be facing six assault-first felonies as well as arson,” Heitman said. “With our prosecutor, they will face the maximum penalties I’m sure.”

Heitman’s office wrote on its Facebook page Tuesday that the Friday house fire in the 13000 block of Highway 28 West near Vienna was intentionally set. When reached by phone, Heitman said the evidence led investigators to suspect arson but did not give more specifics.

ABC 17 News Team


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