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Suspect arrested after fire

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department has one suspect in custody after a domestic dispute led to a mobile home fire.

Potosi Fire Chief Roger Lachance said they were called to the 10,000 block of West Briar Rd. for a mobile home engulfed in flames at 6:23 a.m. Monday morning.

“The wind was blowing pretty badly and it caught the trailer next to it on fire,” said Lachance. “We worked to put both trailers out and no one was injured.”

Lachance said both homes were a total loss and they were there until 10 a.m. He added the fire is under investigation by local authorities and they called out the State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate.

“Both homes had people living in them, but everyone made it out safely,” said Lachance. “We didn’t have any problems and were able to get everything done we needed to.”

De Soto Rural, Leadwood, Desloge, Richwoods and Big River Fire departments were called out to assist the Potosi Fire Department.

Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said there was a disturbance at the home prior to the fire.

“We have one person in custody and there is an investigation ongoing at this point for the fire,” said Jacobsen. “They were interviewing him earlier this afternoon, so I am not sure where we are at with it just yet. The fire is suspicious and there was a domestic disturbance earlier.”

Jacobsen said deputies were called and one party was told to leave, so he left. He said at this point they don’t know what happened after that.

“The fire was suspicious, no one was injured and we do have a person in custody as part of the investigation,” said Jacobsen. “The prosecutor has agreed to charge him, but (charges) aren’t complete at this time.”

The Daily Journal will bring more details as become available.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or

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