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Mobile Home Set Afire While Police Hiding Inside

October 1, 1986

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ After seven arson fires at a mobile home park, police decided on a stakeout. But they had to make a hasty exit when the mobile home in which they were hiding was set ablaze.

Christopher L. Head, 24, a resident of the Eastgate Mobile Home Park, was arrested later and charged with two counts of arson. He was in the Jackson County Jail on Wednesday on $5,000 bond.

Police Officers David Harlow and Barry Harris set up an observation post in one of the mobile homes Friday night, and Harris said they saw a man start a fire in a nearby vacant home.

Police said the man then walked to the home where the officers were staked out and tossed what apppeared to be a burning box of paper through an open window.

As the fire spread, the officers first sought refuge in a bathroom, then fled. Harris said they did not try to apprehend the man who started the fires immediately, for fear that if they came charging out they might lose him in the park.

Head was arrested later when he returned to his mobile home.

Rooms in the two homes were heavily damaged by flames, firefighters said.

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