Arson suspect in Guthrie grassfire identified

GUTHRIE, Okla. (KFOR) – The Guthrie Fire Department Chief has identified the man suspected of setting a fire Tuesday that led to at least 25 acres being burned in Guthrie.

The chief tells News 4 Michael Hemby, Jr. is being held on a complaint of arson in the third degree.

On Tuesday, just after 3 p.m., Guthrie firefighters responded to the 1300 block of Chestnut for a grass fire and found heavy smoke upon arrival.

The Guthrie News Page reports a man, now identified as Hemby, started the fire in a barrel.

One vehicle, hay bales, a fence, and a water line were destroyed in the fire.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it could reach homes or livestock. There were no reports of any injuries.

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