Man accused of arson in Perryville apartment fire

(Source: Jeremy Triller)
(Source: Jeremy Triller)

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - A man faces several charges after a fire at an apartment in Perryville on Saturday.

Fire crews responded to a fire at 11 East Wichern Road on Saturday afternoon.

Fire crews found fire and smoke in the apartment's bedroom, according to Perryville Fire Chief Jeremy Triller. The smoke from the fire spread and caused damage throughout the apartment. Crews were able to quickly put out the flames.

Triller said the apartment complex has eight units and firefighters were able to contain the fire to one apartment.

He said nobody was inside when fire crews arrived. The apartment complex was evacuated and no one was injured.

Police received a 911 call about Justin Behrle, 31, of Perryville entering a home at 11 E. Wichern Road and leaving a few minutes later.

The original caller called 911 again and said that the apartment was now on fire and smoke alarms were sounding from the apartment Behrle had just left.

Witnesses told police Behrle ran to another apartment within the complex. Officers found Behrle struggling with someone inside an open door of an apartment.

While police were trying to arrest him and put him in a patrol vehicle, Behrle began struggling with officers and resisted their attempts to put him into the vehicle, according to the Perryville Police Department.

Behrle faces charges of arson 1st degree, burglary - 2nd degree, property damage 1st degree, and resisting/interfering with arrest.

His bond was set at $50,000 cash only.

Perryville Fire Department responded to the fire call as well as getting help from Biehle Fire Department. The Missouri State Fire Marshal's office was contacted and responded for the investigation of arson.

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