Evansville Police Chief Mike Thompson on scene of house fire in Evansville 9/5/22 (Gregory Hirst)

CASPER, Wyo. — A fire that destroyed a home in Evansville on Monday night is being investigated as possible arson, Evansville Police Chief Mike Thompson told Oil City News at the scene. One man is in police custody.

Emergency crews responded around 6:49 p.m. to the 400 block of Evansville to a reported structure fire. First crews found a detached garage fully involved in fire, according to communications with central dispatch. There was extension into the home and backyard.

Thompson said the incident may have been the result of escalation of a dispute between two brothers. One had fled the scene on foot and was later picked up by law enforcement aided by citizen reports.

Structure fire extending to the backyard of an Evansville residence, 9/5/22 (Courtesy Ryan Larner)

Thompson could not offer details on the method of the suspected arson at the time.

Thompson said the home is “a total loss.” Some damage is also reported to a neighboring trailer.

Evansville Fire-EMS, Casper Fire-EMS and the Natrona County Fire District responded to the blaze. Thompson said some had cleared the scene by 8:25 p.m. while others are managing remaining hotspots and investigators are continuing their work. Black Hills Energy and Rocky Mountain Power also responded to secure utilities.

Scene of house fire in Evansville, 9/5/22 (Gregory Hirst)
Scene of house fire in Evansville, 9/5/22 (Gregory Hirst)