PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in the area around the eastern Missouri town of Park Hills are investigating four suspicious fires in the past two weeks.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills (http://bit.ly/18SnwpQ ) reports the latest fire was early Wednesday at an abandoned home near Bismarck. The owner said no one had lived there for two decades. The home was fully engulfed in fire by the time firefighters arrived.
The other three fires also occurred in abandoned buildings - in a rural area along Missouri Route D, in Doe Run and at a two-story building in Park Hills.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the accident happened about 5:00 p.m. along Highway 8 near Highway P, just west of Park Hills, in St. Francois County.
Police say two boys had been playing along the roadside when Evan Ketto ran into the path of the truck. It swerved, but couldn't avoid striking him.
The child was airlifted to a Farmington hospital, where he was pronounced dead.