Hannibal man arrested in connection with Palmyra car fire

Posted: Feb. 5, 2013 12:26 pm Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:15 pm


PALMYRA, Mo. -- A Hannibal man was arrested Monday in connection with a car fire in Palmyra.

Officers with the Hannibal Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Department arrested James D. Smith, 29, at 3:49 a.m. Monday. Smith has been charged with knowingly burning or exploding, a Class D felony. He's being lodged in the Marion County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash-only bond.

Authorities said members of the Palmyra Police Department were called to the 100 block of Lafayette Street at 11:42 p.m. Sunday for a report of a car on fire.

An officer extinguished most of the flames before members of the Palmyra Rural Fire Department arrived to completely extinguish the fire. The owner of the car was found and notified. Authorities said the suspicious nature of the fire led to an investigation that ended with Smith's arrest.

The Missouri State Fire Marshal's Department assisted.