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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 4:30 am

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.

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