Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to reports of a loud boom near Crestview last night discovered a Chevy Silverado truck fully engulfed in flames on Mare Creek Drive.
While speaking with 28-year old Kevin Robert Murphy on the scene, he told deputies he had poured gasoline onto and into the truck, then set it on fire. He added he set the blaze “to give us something to do” and to give himself an extra Christmas present.
Upon being arrested for arson, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in Murphy’s possession.
No one was injured by the fire. However, an adjacent vehicle and building suffered minor damage. The Dorcas Fire Department arrived quickly and put out the blaze.
Murphy is charged with arson, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.