The Mid-County Fire District based out of Camdenton is investigating an arson fire that happened over the weekend less than ten miles south of their headquarters.
It was Sunday afternoon when firefighters were called to a home near Decaturville, along Old Highway 5.
By the time crews arrived, heavy smoke was showing and a fully-involved fire was found in the living room. Fire Chief Scott Frandsen explains why they're ruling the fire arson.
"The house has been abandoned for several years. It had no utilities and it appeared the fire started in the middle of the living room floor and spread up the walls into the ceiling. So there was no other potential causes for the fire."
Frandsen says they have no suspects at this time. They're asking anyone who might have seen something suspicious to call the Camden County Sheriff's Department.
Although there have been a number of arson fires in Camden County over the past year, Frandsen says they're not seeing any patterns, so they don't think the fires are related.
Frandsen offers advice to property owners with vacant buildings as to how to keep your property safe from arsonists.
"First and foremost is keep a close eye on it, watch for any evidence that people have been on the property. Erect some sort of barrier or fencing around the property to protect it. Then, lastly, make sure the actual property itself is secure. Make sure the doors are locked and if a window is out, board it up. Try to make it difficult for people to even get in it to do anything."