Investigators suspect arson was the cause of a fire that consumed bales of hay inside a barn in the Montreal area. The state fire marshal and Mid-County Fire Protection District are investigating.

Investigators suspect arson was the cause of a fire that consumed bales of hay inside a barn in the Montreal area. The state fire marshal and Mid-County Fire Protection District are investigating.

Mid-County was dispatched to a structure fire at 2779 State Road E in Montreal on Tuesday just before 8:00 am.. Firefighters arrived on scene to find bales of hay on fire inside a barn located on the property near the corner of State Road E and Jefferies Road.

The bales of hay were extinguished and removed from the barn. The fire is believed to be incendiary in nature, but is still under investigation from the Missouri Division of Fire Safety and the MFCPD Fire Marshal. 
MCFPD was also made aware of other bales of hay that had been intentionally set on fire the night before on Freedom Ridge. The Missouri Division of Fire Safety is also investigating this incident. 
Investigators are asking the public to contact the anonymous arson hotline they have information on these fires of others in the area. The Missouri Arson Hotline can be reached at 1-800-39-ARSON (27766).

Earlier this week, Southwest Fire Protection District reported a barn fire on Elliott Drive in Macks Creek. The barn and contents were destroyed. That fire has not been reported as suspicious but the fire district.  

The Camden County Sheriff’s Department also reported a rash of mailbox fires in the county that were deliberately set. The sheriff’s department said the culprit(s) ignited rolls of toilet paper, tossed them inside the mailboxes, setting the contents inside on fire. It appears the incidents were in the Montreal area around the same time as the other reported fires.