Suspect Arrested in Connection to May Fire

Wichita Falls, Texas - A man has been arrested as a suspect that could be connected to a house fire that occurred in May.

On May 31st, the Wichita Falls Fire Department was called out to a structure fire in the 1500 block of Elizabeth.

According to the arrest affidavit, fire officials say a witness party told them that 17-year-old Chandler Wayne Milligan knocked on a door of a house in the 1500 block of 17th Street and when no one let him in he began walking down an alley that runs behind Elizabeth Street.

Within a few minutes, the witness says he saw flames through a kitchen window. The witness checked to see if anyone was inside.

On June 1st, investigators spoke with Milligan, who told the investigators that he was inside the home to look at it because he was thinking about buying it. However, Milligan then he said he was walking past the house, saw an open door, but did not enter, and then closed the open door. Milligan then told investigators he saw a male in a hoodie walking down the alley. Milligan was wearing a hoodie as he was speaking to investigators.

According to officials, the fire was in the kitchen, but there were no utilities hooked up or turned on at the house where the fire happened.

The house was vacant, but there was furniture and a lot of trash.

Milligan has been charged with Arson, and is in the Wichita County Jail on a $100,000 bond.