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Russellville man accused of setting house fire

A local man was arrested on arson charges Monday after allegedly setting fire to a Russellville home this past weekend, officials said.
Kyle Ross Glasgow, 26, 528 3rd St., Russellville, was arrested and charged with second-degree arson, Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said.
According to Hargett, Franklin County 911 received a call about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday of a structure fire at 550 4th St. in Russellville.
Russellville Fire Department and emergency personnel responded to the scene and noticed the fire was fully involved when they arrived.
Russellville Fire Chief Joe Mansell said a car was parked in the driveway of the home so the first thing the firefighters did was enter the home and conduct a search to make sure no one was inside.
“Our first priority is always to save lives, so when the guys noticed the car in the driveway, we knew there was a possibility that someone could still be inside,” Mansell said.
“After searching the home, it was determined no one was inside the house and the focus then turned to putting out the fire.”
Mansell said it took an hour for firefighters to get the fire under control and crews remained on the scene for four hours making sure all hot spots had been extinguished.
“The guys did a great job getting the fire under control,” Mansell said. “It was very hot Sunday and with all the gear they wear, it was easy to get dehydrated fast, so we also called in Tharptown, Blue Springs, and Frog Pond volunteer fire departments to assist us and we appreciate them coming out and lending a hand.”
Once the fire was sufficiently extinguished, Russellville Fire Marshal Steve Thornton conducted an investigation throughout the home to determine a cause for the fire.
Officials said evidence discovered in the home led investigators to believe the fire was intentionally set.
Russellville police Lt. Scotty Lowery said Glasgow was developed as a suspect during the course of the investigation.
Lowery said Glasgow was brought in for questioning on Monday and admitted to his involvement in the fire.
Mansell said the home was a total loss with half of the roof being burned away and smoke and water damage throughout much of the home.
At press time, Glasgow was in custody at the Russellville City Jail without bond.

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