LEXINGTON, Mo. — Lexington Fire and Rescue is investigating a fire Wednesday morning that is reportedly linked to the string of arsons that left one person dead in Caldwell County.
The department responded to the fire west of Lexington at about 6:41 a.m. The caller reported seeing a black vehicle, possibly matching the description of the vehicle seen near Polo at three arsons on Tuesday, heading west on 224 Highway toward Wellington.
The building located on 224 Highway is vacant and Lexington Fire and Rescue believe the caller may have interrupted the suspected arsonist from causing more damage from the fire.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office described the vehicle seen at three arsons as a dark, 4-door car, possibly a black SUV with tinted windows.
Investigators in both areas are working together to determine if all of the arsons are linked.
“There was a fire in Lexington. I’ve been in contact with the sheriff down there. He’s investigating it. We’re communicating back and forth. At this time I don’t have any evidence that the two are connected. Of course we will continue our investigation as he will his and we will coordinate later on,” Sheriff Mitchell Allen, Caldwell County, Missouri, said.
The three fires in Caldwell County were reported on SW State Route D. The Caldwell County Sheriff said 96-year-old Lorene Fickess died in a fire at her home near SW Colt Drive.
Allen said the arsons have people on edge.
“They should be concerned. These three fires are definitely arson. The second two are abandoned homes. The first house could appear to be abandoned, however it did have a resident,” Allen said.
The Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the fires as arson and the sheriff’s office urges anyone who sees the vehicle or has additional information to call 816-586-2681.