A 27-year-old Sallisaw man was booked Wednesday into the Sequoyah County Detention Center in Sallisaw for second-degree arson and endangering human life.
Kyle Martin-McGowan refused to allow firemen access to his burning home on Wednesday. McGowan is owner of the K7 Cattle Ranch near Akins.
According to the investigating deputies, when area fire departments arrived at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, McGowan told the firemen he set the house on fire and he did not want them to put it out. The report indicates McGowan stood on top of a gate and ordered the firemen off the property, then grabbed a report away from Maple Fire Chief Shawn Fuller, who was trying to record information about the incident.
Firemen then called sheriff’s deputies to assist. They found McGowan sitting on the back of a truck, watching the home burn.
When asked what he was doing, McGowan reportedly told the deputies, “Watching my house burn, what does it look like.” He also told the deputies he started the fire.
After McGowan was arrested, the fire departments extinguished the fire. They reported no one was inside the home at the time of the fire.
McGowan was released on Wednesday on a $30,000 bond, according to jail records.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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