High Penalty Expected for Arson

The penalties are high for whoever started Wednesday's arsons.

Amarillo Fire Marshall Terry Mckinney says the minimum charge for arson is a second degree felony which includes 2-20 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.

If the arsonists are charged with damaging personal residences, it is then considered a first degree felony. That is punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison or a life sentence plus up to a $10,000 fine.

Each arson is expected to be tried separately.