Anthony Addison, 31, of Dodge City was arrested over the weekend on the allegations of Aggravated Arson that occurred March 26.
Dodge City Fire Department responded to a report of a structural fire on 1107 W. Beeson Road in Dodge City at around 8:20 p.m. A single-family, single-story residence was emitting heavy smoke and flames.
There were no injuries reported but when the fire was set, Addison’s grandfather was still inside the home, facilitating the Aggravated Arson.
“We are still looking in to how the fire was actually set,” Dodge City Fire Chief Ken Spencer. “Samples were sent to the KBI Lab for analysis to see if and or what type of accelerant may have been used.
“The kitchen and another room used for storage was completely destroyed.”
According to Dodge City Police Department Chief Drew Francis, Addison’s motive for allegedly setting a fire to his grandparents’ home, was an argument between him and his grandfather.
Addison was additionally arrested with Criminal Damage to property for intentionally causing damage prior to the fire.
“He damaged a glass door, broke off a cabinet door and broke the storm door,” said Francis. “He is suspected of being under the influence, but no tests confirmed that or were pursued as there are no corresponding charges with being under the influence.”
Addison was also arrested for Possession with intent to distribute and Possession of drug paraphernalia.
The crime scene is being investigated through the DCFD and Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The home is said to be salvageable despite damage to some of the structural elements on the back side of the house where the fire originated. The rest of the house only sustained smoke and heat damage.