Woman sets camper on fire in Ozark after bomb threat, facing charges of arson

River Valley News

UPDATE: The Fort Smith Bomb Squad was in Ozark on Wednesday afternoon after a woman refused to leave her camper saying there were explosives inside.

Kendra Brassell, 40, is facing multiple charges including arson, theft by receiving less than $25,000 but greater than $5,000, causing a catastrophe and filing a false report with a law enforcement agency.

Kendra Brassell

According to Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett, the incident happened outside of Workman’s Travel Center.

Bramlett said Brassell eventually lit the camper on fire herself. It was loaded with fireworks, gas, and other explosives.

Bramlett says the travel center and the parking lot were evacuated.

Brassell was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out and is now in the Franklin County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.


OZARK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Fort Smith Bomb Squad is en route to Workman’s Travel Center.

Fort Smith Fire Chief Phil Christensen confirmed the bomb squad is responding in Ozark.

According to Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett, State Police said they received a call about a woman at the travel center in a stolen truck.

Bramlett says the travel center and parking lot have been evacuated.

No other details were provided at this time.

Stay with KNWA/FOX24 for this developing story.

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