November 20, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

First Degree Arson Charges Filed

An individual has been charged with first degree Arson in connection with a fire that occurred on Nov. 19, 2009, at 1088 S. Main Ave. in Springfield. The arrest was made by Springfield police officers last night. Charged in the incident was Normal Bennett. The charge of fire degree arson was the result of the it occurring in an occupied residence and is a Class B felony punishable with up to 5 to 15 years in prison.

Note: This charge is not related to the explosion incident that also occurred on Nov. 19.

For media only: For additional information, contact Fire Marshal Bill Spence at 839-2435.

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Springfield Fire Department

830 Boonville Ave., P.O. Box 8368, Springfield, MO 65801
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