Police & Fire

Two arsons under investigation in Arkadelphia

By JOEL PHELPS | The Arkadelphian

Arkadelphia authorities on Friday are piecing together a charred puzzle after two homes were destroyed in overnight fires.

Although police aren’t yet releasing details, two separate cases of arson, both dated Jan. 27, were filed at the Arkadelphia Police Department. No details are available in those reports as they are sealed as felony investigations.

What we do know is that three fire agencies were summoned shortly after midnight Friday to a duplex fire at 400 S. 11th St. Less than an hour later and three blocks away, firefighters were dispatched to a single wide mobile home on fire at 1427 Lincoln St.

An enormous hole was left in the roof of this South 11th Street duplex. On Friday morning a female was seen taking what belongings she could salvage from her apartment. | Joel Phelps/The Arkadelphian
Arkadelphia Fire Department members inspect the remains of a Lincoln Street mobile home that was destroyed in what authorities believe to be an arson. | Joel Phelps/The Arkadelphian
This map shows the distance between two structure fires. | Google Maps

Aside from a neighbor at the duplex, no residents were present at either of the targeted locations, police said Friday morning. Police Chief Jason “Shorty” Jackson told The Arkadelphian that it is believed the two structure fires are related. 

No arrest had been made at the time of this writing. “We don’t think there’s a threat to the public at large at this point,” Jackson said.