05 29 2015

Pair Arrested, Charged For Arson Of House

By Julie Vaughan
EDGEWOOD—Two people have been jailed for arson following an extensive investigation of a house fire that occurred in July on Van Zandt County Road 3705 in Edgewood.
Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen said Jonathan Jefferson Curtis and Amy Sue Simpson, both of Wills Point, were taken into custody following a tip from Crime Stoppers that lead officials to their location.
The house, that Curtis and Simpson are accused of setting on fire, was burnt to the ground and believed suspicious from the beginning of the investigation, Allen said.
When officials first arrived on the scene, they were concerned the homeowner may have been inside, but he was located later that day in a neighboring county where he had been for several days.
It took four fire departments several hours to contain the blaze, but the wooden structure was completely destroyed.
Both Curtis and Simpson are being held in the Van Zandt County Jail on a $500,000 bond eachfor arson. Curtis is also being held on an additional charge of retaliation against a public servant, that has a $200,000 bond attached to it.
Both subjects were located in Hunt County when they were arrested.
Allen said the investigation into the fire continues and other suspects may be arrested as a result.
Suspicious fires that occurred that same month in Rolling Oaks are also continuing to be investigated.
Anyone with information on suspicious activity are encouraged to contact their local police department, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 567-4133 or Crime Stoppers at (903) 567-7867.

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