UPDATED: Aaron Jones Denies Involvement in Fire, Says $431,000 Loan Has Been Paid

by George Waldon and Lance Turner  on Sunday, Jun. 1, 2008 8:40 am  

The west Little Rock home destroyed in an early Friday morning fire is owned by Aaron Jones, a developer with Spears & Jones Title Services in Benton.

Update 2: KTHV-TV, Channel 11 reporter Ashley Blackstone asks Aaron Jones about the fire, whether he had anything to do with it, and about the status of the $431,000 loan that was due May 5. Jones denies having any role in the fire, and said the loan has been paid. Click here to see the full video of the interview.

Update: The Arkansas Times blog has an interview with homeowner Aaron Jones here. According to the Times, Jones "said he can think of no one with a reason to do him harm. He also said, as a lawyer, he understood that investigators might consider whether he had a role, but commented, 'I'd never take a chance at burning myself alive."

Also: KTHV-TV, Channel 11's Friday report here. Watch video here.

Original story:

The west Little Rock home destroyed in an early Friday morning fire had been for sale for nearly a year and could be carrying as much as $1.88 million in debt, real estate records show.

Little Rock firefighters arrived at Aaron and Abigail Jones' 5,757-SF home at 43 Chenal Circle just after 1:30 a.m. Aaron Jones, 31, was at home at the time of the fire but escaped.

Aaron Jones, a developer with Spears & Jones Title Services in Benton, told police he was asleep when a man woke him and pointed a semi-automatic gun at him. Jones said the man taped Jones' eyes and mouth shut and bound his hands and feet.

Jones said he soon smelled smoke. He was able to escape and call 911 from a neighbor's house.

The fire started near the back of the house, reports said.

Aaron Jones, selected among Arkansas Business' 40 Under 40 in 2006, bought the four-bedroom, 4 ½-bath residence with his wife on May 5, 2005 for $1.6 million, according to real estate records.

They purchased the home, built in 1992, from Mark Brockinton, a Little Rock insurance executive, and his wife, Kimberly.

The Jones' put the property up for sale on June 6, 2007. The house was on the market for 359 days until Friday morning's fire.

 

 

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