Man Arrested On Arson Complaint After Guthrie Wildfire

Wednesday, November 20th 2019, 7:45 am
By: Tess Maune

An Oklahoma man is in jail accused of sparking a wildfire that damaged property near Guthrie.

The suspect is facing an arson charge after firefighters said the man lit a fire that ended up putting homes, buildings, and cattle in danger.

Investigators said Michael Hemby Jr. was burning something in a barrel, and the fire got out Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters said the flames destroyed a car, several hay bales, a fence, and a water line.

They said the fire burned at least 25 acres west of I-35 near Industrial Road.

Osage SkyNews 6 HD was overhead, and firefighters fought the flames and eventually put the fire out.

Police said officers took Hemby into custody on a third-degree arson complaint.