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Farmington, MO man accused of arson

Bruce Nations (Source: Vinelink) Bruce Nations (Source: Vinelink)
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A Farmington, Missouri man is accused of arson in connection with a house fire on Saturday, November 7.

Bruce Robert Nations, 57, was charged with first degree arson. His bond was set at $75,000.

According to Farmington police, at about 9:20 p.m. witnesses reported seeing a man wearing a dark-colored hoodie with a gas can throw something at the front door of a home on Boyce Street, which caused an explosion and fire on the front door and porch area.

Police say witnesses told them the man was seen running eastward through yards toward Wilson Rozier Park.

At the time of the fire, police say three people were in the home, but were able to make it out safely.

According to police, an investigation at the scene by the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office found a flammable liquid in the area of the front porch and door, where the fire started.

Police say a witness told them a dark-colored, full size older model flatbed truck with wooden sides was parked in Wilson Rozier Park just before the fire. They say the park is about 210 yards, via a road, from the house.

According to police, the witness saw a man with a gas tank next to the truck.

Police say one of the victims suspected Bruce Nations as being responsible for starting the fire due to an ongoing dispute over personal property and some owed money.

They say the description the victim gave of Nations matched that of what witnesses reported. The victim also said Nations drove a dark green 1985 Chevrolet full-size, flatbed truck with wooden sides.

According to court documents, on Nov. 6, Nations text the victim allegedly threatening that if the victim "did not have Nations' $200 by tomorrow, it would cost him a lot more than that."

Shortly after the fire, Nations allegedly sent more text messages referencing the incident.

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