Four people have been charged with second-degree arson in connection with a fire that caused an estimated $60,000 in damage to a local florist shop in February. One of the individuals facing charges is Denise Pauline Baxter, 36, the owner of the business.


Four people have been charged with second-degree arson in connection with a fire that caused an estimated $60,000 in damage to a local florist shop in February. One of the individuals facing charges is Denise Pauline Baxter, 36, the owner of the business.


Baxter, Jamie Lynn Lawson, 34, and Thomas Henery Dillard, 28, made their initial court appearances Monday. All three were allowed to remain free on their own recognizance. A fourth suspect, Bruce Revels, 34, did not appear in court, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.


Smoke was reported coming from Yellow Rose Flowers and Gifts, 512 12th Ave. N.W, by an eyewitness about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. Firefighters responded a short time later and brought the blaze under control. No injuries were reported.


Ardmore fire investigators began probing the cause of the fire after the blaze was extinguished.

Fire Marshal Clyde Ellis, Ardmore Fire Department, said last week the fire had been deliberately set. He said the arson ruling was the result of evidence obtained during the investigation.
“There were two points of origin, possibly three,” he said Monday.


Ellis said Ardmore Police Cpl. Ruben Garcia helped him with the investigation that led to charges being filed against the four.