CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A man faces a second degree arson charge after a fire damaged a Cape Girardeau office building earlier this month.
Mark Kevin Carleton, 26, is accused of setting the fire the broke out around 11 p.m. Nov. 21 at the 1707 Office Center on North Mt. Auburn Road.
He was taken into custody on Nov. 25 after being released from the hospital. He was taken to the Cape Girardeau County Jail on $100,000 bond.
According to the probable cause statement, Carleton told police he used a cigarette lighter and some paper to start the fire because he was mad at a company for cutting his pay rate.
Fire crews say the large office complex has extensive heat and fire damage. They say there is also smoke damage throughout the building.
Jason Dunn, an investigator with the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office, says the fire caused about $500,000 in damage.
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department had help battling the blaze from both Jackson and Scott City fire departments.
While crews were battling the fire, witnesses saw firefighters walk Carleton from the building and Carleton talking to ambulance personnel.
Investigators say the fire was so bad that it compromised the integrity of the building and the roof is sagging at the point where the fire started.