City of Columbia Missouri Police Department Police Department

600 E. Walnut Street
Columbia, MO 65201


February 21, 2021

CONTACT: Brittany Hilderbrand
Public Information Specialist
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia

Jeff Pitts
Public Information Specialist
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia

Columbia Police arrest man involved in arson in the 2000 block of Ammonette St., Feb. 21


At approximately 1:44 a.m. on Feb. 21, Columbia Police responded to a report of a disturbance in the 2000 block of Ammonette St. 

While en route, officers also learned that a resident had reported a structure fire at the same address, and the Columbia Fire Department was called to the scene.

Upon arrival, officers entered the residence and located a small fire in the kitchen that firefighters were able to quickly put out. 

During the investigation, it was learned that the fire was confined to one room and caused minor property damage. 

Two adults and two juveniles were located inside the residence, including an adult who was identified as a suspect. There were no injuries reported.

As a result, Seth Vaughn, 28, of Columbia was arrested for the charges of first degree arson, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available later.  

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

Case Number 2021-001711

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