Conway man sets field blaze on purpose

Douglas Brent Hall

A Conway man faces a felony charge for allegedly intentionally starting a field on fire.
Douglas Brent Hall, 49, is charged with knowingly burning or exploding, which is a class E felony, following an investigation by the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office. Bond is set at $5,000 cash-or-surety, according to court records.
At 10:28 p.m. on Jan. 28, a Laclede County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a field on Aspen Drive in Conway for a report of a natural cover fire that appeared to be arson, according to a probable cause statement from the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office.
Lebanon Rural Fire Chief Phillip Pitts said one and a half acres burned, and firefighters found an incendiary device consisting of a road flare taped to an aerosol can of car starter fluid in the field. Firefighters also found a glass jar containing various nails spread out across a driveway near the scene of the fire.
A witness who passed the area that would later be seen on fire allegedly witnessed a white SUV drive westbound from the scene at a high rate of the speed. A short time later, the witness drove by the area a second time and saw the field on fire and called 911.
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