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      Arsonists set Atlanta, Mo. service station on fire

      Northeast Missouri law enforcement officers are on the hunt for two fire starters.

      Charley's Service Station in Atlanta, Missouri, was torched around 11:55 p.m. Thursday.

      Macon County Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker told KTVO two male suspects were captured on surveillance video inside the building at the time of the fire.

      The witness who reported the blaze saw the two men driving away from the scene in a dark-colored pickup.

      The longtime business is owned and operated by Charley Watson of Atlanta and his son, Charles.

      The service station is still standing, but the sheriff said the fire did major damage inside before local firefighters could get it put out in the wee hours of the morning.

      Sheriff Shoemaker said he believes the arsonists responsible for this fire are the same ones who have set numerous hay bale fires in the Atlanta area recently.

      An investigator from the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office was on the scene overnight.

      Authorities are waiting on a clearer copy of the surveillance footage before continuing the investigation.

      Shoemaker said he is hoping to make a couple of arrests sometime over the weekend.

      Anyone with any information about the fires is encouraged to call the Macon County Sheriffâ??s Office at (660) 385-2062.