Kennewick man held on suspicion of arson

Tyler Richardson, Tri-City HeraldSeptember 27, 2013 

A 31-year-old man was arrested Friday for allegedly setting his Kennewick apartment on fire.

Jason D. Hill was booked into the Benton County jail after the early morning fire on Edison Street. He is being held on suspicion of reckless burning.

Firefighters and police responded at 2 a.m. to 530 N. Edison St., No. F107, and arrived to find the apartment partly engulfed in flames, Kennewick police said.

Hill and his roommate, whose name was not released, were inside the apartment when the fire started, said Sgt. Ken Lattin. Both men got safely out of the apartment before fire crews arrived.

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to other apartments, police said.

Investigators ruled out any accidental causes and an arson investigation is ongoing. Officials did not say how the fire started.

There are several open arson investigations related to recent fires in the Kennewick area, though investigators do not believe any of the fires are connected, Lattin said.

Fires at 525 N. Volland St., 411 W. First Ave., 1416 W. Fourth Ave. and 4815 W. Clearwater Ave. are being investigated as arsons, police said.

Hill is not a suspect in any other arson investigation, Lattin said.

If people have information on the fires and want to remain anonymous, they can call the Crime Stoppers line at 586-TIPS (8477), 800-222-TIPS (8477) or go to www.tricitiescimestoppers.org.

-- Tyler Richardson: 582-1556; trichardson@tricityherald.com: Twitter; @Ty_richardson

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