A man suspected of setting his Axtell-area mobile home on fire was arrested Saturday afternoon, officials said. The fire and arrest come five days after a fire destroyed local businessman Stuart Parsons' home a short distance away on the same road.

Area firefighters responded to 433 Beaver Lake Road at about 12:30 p.m. and found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames, McLennan County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy David Kilcrease said. Preliminary investigation led deputies to arrest Zachery James Barfield, 26, on a second-degree felony charge of arson, believing he intentionally set the fire, Kilcrease said. Barfield lived in the home, he said.

While there is no immediate direct connection, the two fires so close together are "unusual," he said.

"This is something we will certainly be looking into, because it is unusual for two fires to happen on the same road a short distance away just days apart," Kilcrease said. "It is certainly an odd coincidence."

The cause of the fire Monday that destroyed Parsons' home at 597 Beaver Lake Road remains under investigation. Parsons is the owner of BSR Cable Park and Parsons Roofing. No one was at Parsons' home, and no injuries were reported in the fire, officials said at the time.

No injuries were reported in Saturday's fire.

Barfield remained in McLennan County Jail on Saturday with bond listed at $500,000.

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Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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