Possible Weekend Arson Investigated By WRPD and ASP

A late night fire over the weekend is being investigated as an arson. At 1:52 am the Lawrence County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a structure fire at 525 West Main Street, the caller described the building as fully involved. Fire, Police and Medical were dispatched and the fire was extinguished by 3 am. Walnut Ridge Police CID was notified and did a initial walk through at first light.

The Arkansas State Police was notified, Investigators Ron Hitt and Creston Hutton responded to the scene. Investigators have determined forced entry had been made along with an unsuccessful attempt to break-in to a safe. Crime scene photos were taken by investigators. At this time, investigators do not believe any items were taken.

Authorities do have a person of interest, no arrest have been made at this time. If you have any other information, contact the Walnut Ridge Police Department.