April 17, 2017

Charges filed in Bethany house fire investigated by Missouri Division of Fire Safety

Following an investigation by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, a criminal charge has been filed in connection with a house fire that occurred in Bethany, Mo. on April 10, 2017.

The Bethany Fire Department responded to an early morning fire that damaged the house at 2607 Grand Avenue, Bethany, Mo. The Bethany Fire Department requested the Division of Fire Safety investigate the cause and origin of the fire.

The Division of Fire Safety investigation determined the fire was incendiary, or set. On April 14, the Harrison County prosecutor charged Ronald David Stout, 67, of Bethany, with one count of arson – 2nd degree. Stout is the owner of the house.

The above charge is a mere accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.