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Lockridge man arrested for allegedly burning home

Oct 17, 2010

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.

Lockridge firefighter Josh Lunsford pokes at a hot spot that rekindled this morning after the fire last night at 3293 200th Street. Assistant chief Charlie Johnson and three other firemen also were on the scene around 10:15 a.m. to extinguish the smoldering remains of the home of the Geoffrey Karugo Kimani family. -JULIE JOHNSTON/Ledger photo
Charred keepsakes were scattered on the lawn of the Geoffrey Kimani family home this morning after it was destroyed by fire Sunday night. -JULIE JOHNSTON/Ledger photo
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