Killeen police Tuesday arrested a Harker Heights man suspected of starting a fire that damaged the Lucky Ranch Grill in Lampasas.

Fythian “Junior” Phillips, 40, remained in Bell County Jail on Wednesday on a charge of arson stemming from a Lampasas County warrant. His bond was set at $100,000.

Lampasas Assistant Police Chief Sammy Bailey said the Killeen police and fire departments worked hard to locate and arrest Phillips, who Lampasas officials believe is responsible for starting a Nov. 18 blaze at the Lampasas bar and grill.

“They went above and beyond yesterday to help us locate him,” Bailey said.

Phillips was arrested without incident, said Carroll Smith, a Killeen Police Department spokeswoman.

Officers began to suspect Phillips after receiving a crime stoppers tip, Bailey said. “He was recently hired to work there.”

The incident was deemed an arson Nov. 19 after the Texas Fire Marshal’s Office brought a K-9 unit to help determine if accelerants were used during the blaze.

A 911 caller reported the burning building at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Fire and smoke damaged the southeast portion of the building, which will remain closed until structural and electrical repairs can be made, Fire Marshal Reece Oestreich said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474

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