Police: Homeowner attacked officer at scene of Sikeston house fire

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

SIKESTON, Mo. -- A suspected arsonist was arrested after he allegedly attacked police at a fire in Sikeston.

Around 7 a.m. Monday, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to a call regarding a structure fire at 223 Petroleum St. As the police and fire divisions arrived on the scene, they found a home fully involved with fire.

Firefighters began battling the blaze, and a police officer contacted the 57-year-old homeowner. During the conversation, the owner became belligerent and attempted to assault the officer, according to Sgt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for the department. Following a brief struggle, the man was subdued and arrested for the assault.

Fire investigators extinguished the blaze and conducted a cause and origin investigation.

The man remained in custody Tuesday pending possible charges relating to the fire and the assault on the officer.

Pertinent address:

223 Petroleum St., Sikeston, MO

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