Lawrence County Deputies have arrested three men in connection to some suspicious fires in the county.
Deputies arreseted 20 year old Cody Gossett of Halltown, 23 year old Matthew Smith and 21 year old Christopher Smith, both of Mount Vernon. All the men were charged with second degree arson. The Smiths were also charged with second degree burglary. Gossett is a member of the Halltown Volunteer Fire Department.
The arrests were made after investigations into several suspicious fires, including two fires at abandoned residences, hay bale fires, and possible several other suspicious fires in the area. More charges are expected to be filed soon regarding additional fires, as well as the possibility of charging additional suspects.
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office has also asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office for help in the continuing investigation.