Lockridge man arrested for allegedly burning home
A Lockridge man was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Sunday night on arson charges after attempting to burn down his family’s house.
Geoffrey Karugo Kimani, age 31, was arrested at 11:04 p.m. Sunday at his home, 3293 200 St., Lockridge. He was charged with second-degree arson, and an additional charge of first-degree arson is pending, according to Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille.
Dille explained the second-degree arson charge stems from the fire Kimani allegedly set Sunday evening. The pending first-degree charge stems from a fire he allegedly set earlier that day. The main difference between first- and second-degree arson charges is the presence of persons, explained Dille.
Dille said the original call came into the Jefferson County Law Center as a verbal altercation between a husband and wife Sunday afternoon.
While the officer was at the Kimani home at about 3:30 p.m., the wife and two daughters left.
Dille said he had not had an opportunity to review officials’ reports yet this morning, but he did say the fire had been intentionally set.
The Lockridge Fire Department and the Fairfield Fire Department responded to the fire about 9:19 p.m. Sunday. The house was fully engulfed in flames when the sheriff’s deputy arrived.
“It’s my understanding from the deputies the house is destroyed,” said Dille.
Dille said no one was injured in the fire. Kimani’s wife and daughters were in a Mount Pleasant hotel.
For the complete article and photos, see the Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, printed edition of The Fairfield Ledger.