A Temple man has been arrested for the first-degree felony of Arson of a Habitation.
On July 30, 2017, Temple Police answered a call for vandalism at 901 South 13th Street. After officers arrived, they requested for investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office to respond.
A bedroom sustained extensive fire damage, with the rest of the residence receiving smoke damage.
Fire Investigators say the fire started in the bedroom and had extinguished itself after consuming available oxygen inside the closed bedroom.
Temple Police worked with Temple Fire Investigators to collect physical evidence from the scene.
After an extensive investigation led by the Fire Marshal’s Office, 51-year-old Larry Vance Sams was identified as the primary suspect.
The case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office for review, and a complaint was issued on January 24, 2018.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2 Judge G.W. Ivey issued an arrest warrant for Sams, who was arrested at his place of employment around 3:30 p.m.
Sams was also served with a Temple Police Department warrant for Theft. He is currently inside the Bell County Jail, with bond set at $27,500.
Source: Temple Fire and Rescue