MPD: one arrested for arson after fire at Bangkok Thai Cuisine

Mobile County
Massive fire at Bangkok Thai

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile Police Department (MPD) says 46-year-old Robert Eddins was arrested on arson charges after a fire Monday night at Bangkok Thai Cuisine.

The following is an unedited release from MPD:

Arson 2nd Degree

On Monday, June 1, 2020 at approximately 10:40 p.m., police responded to the Bangkok Thai Cuisine located at 5345 Highway 90 in reference to the report of a building fire. Upon arrival, officers saw that the building was on fire. Officers were able to get a description of the subject believed to be responsible for setting the fire. Officers located and detained him. The investigation revealed that two homeless individuals were involved in a dispute and during the dispute one of them set fire to the location. 46-year-old Robert Eddins was arrested.  

Mobile Fire-Rescue released the following details of Eddins arrest:

 At approximately 22:45 hours on Monday, June 1, 2020, Mobile Fire-Rescue Department companies responded to 5345 Hwy 90 (formerly Bangkok Thai Cuisine) for reports of flames showing at the site of the commercial building. Upon arrival on scene, fire personnel confirmed the single-story structure was “fully-involved” and engulfed in flames.

Fire suppression teams established defensive strategies in efforts to douse flames from the exterior of the building. Firefighters were able to fully extinguish flames within approximately 25 minutes.

The structure was vacant at the time of the incident. No firefighters or civilians were injured at the scene.

By the time MFRD crews arrived on scene (approximately 22:49 hours), 3rd and 4th squad officers from Mobile Police Department’s 2nd Precinct had detained a potential suspect, obtained a witness to the event, and secured possible evidence for MFRD Fire Investigators.

Through the course of the investigation, the cause of the fire was determined to have been intentionally set. On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 46-year-old Robert Joseph Eddins was arrested and charged with Arson 2nd. Eddins has been booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail.

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