Blaze burns sex suspect's home to the ground

The home that was destroyed belonged to a sex crimes suspect who was not home at the time because he is in jail. (Courtesy: Aletha Grismore)

A raging overnight fire burned a Heartland sex suspect's home to the ground.

The blaze in Browning, Missouri, was reported at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Linn County Chief Deputy Butch Eskew told KTVO the home at 100 West Main Street belonged to Ronald Riedl.

Eskew said Riedl was not home at the time of the fire because he is in jail facing charges of Second-Degree Statutory Rape, Incest and Second-Degree Child Molestation.

The chief deputy said an investigator from the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office was on the scene to try to determine the cause, but officials were doubtful they would be able to figure out what started it because the damage was so extensive.

Nobody was injured, and no surrounding structures were affected by Wednesday morning's fire.

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