Arson suspected in last week's southwest Missouri wildfires

2 years 1 month 5 days ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:15:00 AM CST February 21, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

FORSYTH (AP) — Forest Service officials say wildfires in Taney County last week are being investigated as possible arson.

The fires, blown by winds gusting to 25 mph, damaged nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed one man's home.

The Springfield News-Leader reports investigators found multiple fire ignition sites.

Forest Service spokesman Cody Norris said authorities haven't found any incendiary devices but law enforcement is investigating leads that suggest the fires were intentionally set.

A Gofundme page has been set up for Taney County resident Les Tennis, whose home was destroyed by the fire All that remains of the 84-year-old man's home is a brick chimney.

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