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.