‘People of interest’ probed in arson case

Thursday, February 10, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:58 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Police detectives and fire investigators are set to interview several “people of interest” in the investigation of an arson that occurred in a Columbia mobile home park last week.

Assistant Fire Marshall Clayton Farr Jr. stressed that the investigation is still ongoing. As of Wednesday afternoon, no arrests had been made nor had any arrest warrants been requested in the case.

Farr did not release the names of anyone being interviewed.

Sharon Krenson, 39, and Billie Hainds, 34, said they were asleep at around 1:30 a.m. Feb. 1 when their mobile home at Pine Grove Village Mobile Home Park, 3900 Clark Lane, was set on fire. They were awakened when their neighbor, Alan Rainwater, called and told them that he saw flames on their porch.

Jeff Nichols, a detective with the Columbia Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit, said the people being interviewed know the victims. He said investigators have not determined a motive in the case.

Neither official gave a timetable for when any arrests may be made.

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