Authorities arrest man on arson charge after house fire near Historic Sixth Avenue

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the intentional torching of a house for sale just south of Historic Sixth Avenue on Tuesday night.

 

The Amarillo Fire Marshal’s Office arrested 27-year-old Bradley Allen Sommers after the fire at 710 S. Mississippi St., Fire Marshal Jacob Diaz said.

Sommers was arrested Tuesday not long after the fire, Diaz said. According to jail records, Sommers was about a block from the scene of the fire when he was arrested and charged with felony arson. He remained in jail in lieu of $15,000 bond Wednesday.

Diaz, who did not release any additional information Wednesday, said his office was still wrapping up its case and that more details would be available after it was complete.

The house that was burned was unoccupied, and no injuries were reported, according to the Amarillo Fire Department.

At 8:10 p.m., firefighters responded to South Mississippi Street and could see flames from several blocks away, according to a news release. They arrived on scene at 8:15 p.m. and found a single-story residence with heavy fire coming from the rear of the structure.

A sunroom add-on in the rear of the house was engulfed and fire was extending into the living area and attic of the house. A duplex apartment on the rear of the property suffered exterior heat damage but did not catch fire, according to AFD. A total of 18 firefighters brought the fire under control by 9:14 p.m.

Tiffaney Bellflower, a Realtor at Keller Williams Realty and listing agent for the home, said the property had been on the market for about 30 days.

She said she notified the seller, who lives in Las Vegas, after finding out about the fire Tuesday night.

Bellflower said the duplex apartment had been evacuated.

“It’s a blessing that no one is hurt,” she said.

Damages from the fire have been estimated at $35,000, according to AFD.

The house and extra features are valued at $55,477, according to Potter-Randall Appraisal District records.

The total appraised value of the property, including land, is $68,417.

Editor Ricky Treon contributed to this report.

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