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Jefferson City firefighters respond to an early morning fire at 1018 E. Capitol Ave.

Jefferson City firefighters respond to an early morning fire at 1018 E. Capitol Ave. Photo by Jeff Haldiman.

Bond was set at $25,000 Monday after Cole County prosecutors charged a Jefferson City man with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary following an early morning fire at 1018 E. Capitol Ave.

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Alan B. Snell, 59 — who used to live at the residence — was arrested after he “made incriminating statements to detectives in reference to the fire,” Fire Department spokesman Jason Turner said.

That home was scheduled to be demolished this week, after it also was the scene of a Nov. 19 fire that had been confined to a second-floor bedroom, and was attributed to children playing with matches.

Turner said fire and police officers were sent to the home at 6:07 a.m. Monday, following a report of an explosion and fire.

Turner said it took firefighters about an hour to bring the fire under control, but didn’t leave the scene until 10:30 a.m.

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