Emporia Police and Fire responded to a structure fire at 825 Congress St. a multi-residence structure, around 4am on Monday April 10th. The fire was extinguished before first responders arrived.
EPD and EFD conducted a joint investigation and found a homemade incendiary device had gone through a window of the home, causing the fire. There were multiple people, including children inside the structure at the time of the fire. There were no apparent injuries.
Through the investigation a suspect was developed, 32-year-old Donovan Williams of Emporia. Williams was found in possession of an additional homemade incendiary device. Monday afternoon, Emporia Police arrested Williams and he was booked into the Lyon County Detention Center on preliminary charges of Aggravated Arson and Criminal Use of an Explosive. As the investigation continues, Emporia Police detectives anticipate proposing additional charges of Attempted Murder be formally brought against Williams.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Lyon County Emergency Communications also assisted with the investigation.