The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate a suspicious fire at the home of Ozark County Prosecutor Tom Cline about 9:30 p.m. last Friday night.

No one was home at the time of the fire. Cline's home, which is near Pontiac, is a total loss. The Cline's dog was killed in the fire.

Ozark County Sheriff Raymond Pace says that investigators followed a trail of flammable liquid in the backyard that led to the back porch of the prosecutors home.

The Missouri Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone connected to the fire.

Anyone with information on this case may call the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office at (417) 679-4633 or the Missouri arson hotline at (800) 39-Arson (392-7766).

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