By AARON RICCA/The Bee
KINGMAN – Arson is reportedly to blame for destroying a home in Butler on Sunday night.
According to Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Battalion Chief Jason Scott, crews responded to a structure fire in the 3500 block of East Lum Avenue shortly after 7 p.m.
Crews found a single-wide mobile home on Lum Avenue engulfed in flames which threatened neighboring structures. The fire was contained to the property.
A man was also arrested after allegedly hitting a firefighter.
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said deputies arrested Lee Eugene Houston III, 34, of Kingman, for felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct for allegedly assaulting a firefighter and interfering with firefighting efforts.
Houston resisted arrest, but was restrained. He later denied hitting the firefighter. Houston was taken to the Mohave County jail.
No injures were reported and the unoccupied home was a total loss at an estimated cost of $10,500.
The fire was determined by authorities to be intentionally set.
Two suspects were reportedly observed on nearby security cameras, however, no arrests were reported in connection to the fire.
NACFD was assisted by Kingman Fire Department, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and UniSource Electric.
An investigation is underway and anyone with information is asked to call Fire Investigator Mike Atchison at 928-757-3151.