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A 28-year-old Springfield man was charged with arson after prosecutors say he started a fire in his home while attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

Investigators say in court documents that Shawn Westfall did not notify authorities of the June 7 fire at 2259 N. Missouri Avenue.




Prosecutors say the fire started while Westfall was mixing together ingredients in an attempt to manufacture methamphetamine.

Westfall suffered burn injuries in the blaze and was treated at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

Fire officials interviewed Westfall, who said he was in the house when the fire started, according to the documents.

Westfall allegedly admitted to fire officials that the fire started during an attempt to produce the drug.

Westfall was charged late last week with first-degree arson, a felony that carries a penalty of ten to 30 years in prison.

According to online court records, Westfall had a warrant for his arrest at the time of the fire, stemming from a charge of driving with a suspended license.


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