Two small arson incidents reported in Cape

Thursday, December 4, 2003

Cape Girardeau police responded Tuesday to reports of arson and attempted arson, according to spokesman Sgt. Rick Schmidt. The first report occurred at 7:34 p.m. at 3814 Eagle Ridge Drive. Passersby saw flames coming from a shrub next to the house. Police think gasoline was used to start the fire, which melted siding on the structure. The fire was extinguished before firefighters arrived. Witnesses described a person seen waling in the area to police. But when interviewed by police, the man did not have a smell of gasoline on him and was not taken into custody, Schmidt said. The second arson-related incident occurred at 11:48 p.m., when a resident at 1911 Good Hope Street heard something strike his house. When the resident investigated, he found a plastic soda bottle containing a liquid and a red tube coming out of the top, Schmidt said. Police say the bottle -- fashioned into a Molotav cocktail -- contained an accelerant. There was no damage to the home. Investigations continue into the incidents, Schmidt said.

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