The interior of this house on Forrest Drive near Houston sustained heavy damage in a fire in January. Charges were filed last week by an assistant state attorney general.

The Missouri attorney general’s office alleged last week that a property owner burned a home in January north of Houston.

Assistant Attorney General Darrell Moore said Justin W. Dixon, 30, of Raymondville, was charged last Wednesday with second-degree arson of a home he owns at 16233 Forest Drive, west of Mineral Drive. Firefighters from three departments responded to the blaze, which was ruled arson by the Missouri fire marshal’s office.

Authorities said the fire appeared to have been set where a mattress and other items had been piled up and doused with a flammable liquid. Texas County Sheriff James Sigman said deputies had responded to an incident at the same residence not long before the fire call was received.

A Texas County sheriff’s deputy who investigated said Dixon admitted to setting the home on fire during questioning on Feb. 4. “Dixon stated that he was tired of dealing with renter issues at this residence,” according to a report. Authorities said a  $92,000 claim had been filed with insurer, State Farm, and a check had been issued at the time of interview but had not been received.  The department said the homeowner did not have permission from the lien holder of the property to burn it.

Dixon is free on $150,000 bond. 

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