Family escapes home before father sets it on fire, commits suicide


    The State Fire Marshal’s Division has ruled the house fire as arson. (KTVO file)

    A weekend house fire that involved authorities finding a dead body has now been ruled an arson.

    Wapello County Sheriff Don Phillips revealed several new details on the fire investigation in a press release issued Wednesday.

    It says that on Saturday, March 9, Tangi Craycraft went to the Wapello County Law Enforcement Center with her children because her estranged husband, Jeremy, had shown up at her home with a gas can and knife.

    Just four minutes later, Wapello County Dispatch received a 911 call of a house fire at 194th Avenue.

    When deputies and the fire department arrived, they found Jeremy Craycraft a few feet from the house. Firefighters pulled Jeremy away from the home, and found he was dead.

    On Sunday, deputies discovered video showing Jeremy buying a gas can 15 minutes before arriving at the home on 194th Ave. Just ten minutes before getting to the home, he was seen on video filling up the gas can with gasoline.

    The State Fire Marshal’s Division has ruled the house fire as arson.

    An autopsy was conducted on Monday, and preliminary findings appear that Jeremy died from self-inflicted wounds.

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