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Man arrested in Casper arson investigation

(File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — A suspect has been arrested in an investigation into a suspected late February arson in Casper.

Casper Police Department officials confirmed that they had arrested an adult male and recommended him on charges of felony First Degree Arson and felony Vandalism and Destruction of Property.

A spokesperson for the Casper PD says that the Casper Police Department was requested to help investigate a suspicious fire that occurred at the 100 Block of North Park street, in Casper, on February 26, 2020.

“Upon investigation, [a] Casper Police Detective identified many pieces of evidence that did not corroborate the story the person involved initially told officials on scene,” CPD Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd said Thursday morning, following the arrest. “On March 4th, 2020, the Casper Police Detective interviewed the person involved who then confessed to the crime once the evidence was presented to him.”

Officials with Casper Fire-EMS had initially announced that the cause of the fire was suspected to be “accidental.”

Ladd did not give the name of the suspect in her statement to Oil City News. However, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office documents show a suspect by the name of Travis Roundy, age 29, as being booked in on charges of “1st Degree Arson” and “Vandalism/Dest. Prop.”

“Thankfully, there were no injuries as a result of the incident,” Ladd said.

Casper Fire-EMS has reported that two occupants were in the residence when the fire started. Both evacuated safely prior to arrival of firefighters.

The basement area of the home was said to have been damaged by heat and smoke. The remainder of the structure had light smoke damage, but the occupants were reportedly able to return to the residence that night.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office. 

Further details were not made immediately available. We will bring you more on this story as it is released. A booking photo for Roundy was not immediately available.

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.