Cape Girardeau Co. investigators look for arsonist after several fires

Delta High School fire suspect
Delta High School fire suspect

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Investigators believe an arsonist is on the loose in Cape Girardeau County.

This after a string of suspicious fires over the past few months, including this barn fire near County Road 462 Thursday night.

Sheriff John Jordan says the owner woke up Friday morning and found the barn burned to the ground.

The barn had no power and nothing really valuable was inside.

Just last Wednesday, investigators say someone set fire to another barn and a house about a mile down the road, on County Road 459.

In addition, someone reported a shed fire near Oak Ridge in July.

Then there was a barn fire near Fruitland in July just off County Road 439.  That barn also had no power, and only hay and lumber were inside.

Authorities say they are still investigating the suspicious fire inside Delta High School from August 13.  A surveillance photo shows a picture of the man investigators believe set fire to the principal's items and stole several items.  The suspects is described as a white male, 5'10", 160 pounds.

Anyone with information about any of the fires is asked to call the state Fire Marshal's office toll-free at 1-800-39-ARSON.

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