A July 16 trial date was set for a 41-year-old Kennewick man charged with setting fire to a mattress in his home.
Charles Vincent Pullicino pleaded innocent to second-degree arson for the May 17 incident.
According to police and court documents, Pullicino had been fighting with his girlfriend when he started destroying the inside of his 424. S. Olympia St. home.
The girlfriend called Kennewick police, who arrived to find "many things that had been overturned and broken," documents said.
Two officers could smell smoke and found a mattress that was smoldering. Kennewick firefighters responded to reports of smoke alarms going off in the home.
Pullicino, who might have a mental illness, told police he accidentally started the fire by leaving a cigarette on the mattress, court documents said.
However, a detective noted there were multiple ignition sites on the mattress and could not find a cigarette anywhere in the bedroom, documents said.
Police said a lighter was found nearby, and a roommate told officers that Pullicino does not smoke.
The detective said the burn patterns on the mattress were consistent with an open flame as the ignition source, rather than a single cigarette, Deputy Prosecutor Terry Bloor wrote in court documents.