LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mo. — Formal charges have been filed against three Chillicothe residents linked to a fire on a railroad bridge near Chillicothe in October.

A Chillicothe fire fighter fights the railroad bridge blaze at the Grand River. (Photo: Matthew Sterling)

According to reporting by KMZU News, fire officials responded to a blaze reported on the Canadian Pacific railroad crossing at the Grand River just south of Chillicothe in the early morning hours of October 29 and doused the fire within a few hours.

An investigation carried out by the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office found evidence the blaze was set intentionally and investigation by officials has led to three people charged in connection with the fire.

Court records in Livingston County charge Destanie D. Batson, James P. E. Haight and Kyle Jacob Mace with felony knowingly burning and felony property damage in the first degree.

The State Fire Marshal was assisted by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, Chillicothe Police Department and Canadian Pacific Police Department with additional assistance from the St. Joseph Police Department Forensics Division.

Bond for all three subjects was set at $25,000. They are due to appear in court to face the allegations December 19.

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information should call the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office or Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline at 1-800-392-7766.