Man Starts House on Fire to Watch It Burn, Says Sheriff’s Office

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Little is left of the home that burned early this morning in Blue Lake. [Photo provided by a reader.]

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

imageservlet (2)On 04-12-2016 at about 1:15 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a structure fire at the intersection of Greenwood Road and Blue Lake Blvd, Blue Lake. When the deputy arrived on scene he saw a single story residence fully engulfed in fire in the 300 block of Blue Lake Blvd. Blue Lake Fire Department along with Fieldbrook and Arcata Fire Departments immediately responded to the scene.

The deputy contacted Ty Allison age 61, who was standing in front of his residence. Allison told the deputy he started the fire to watch it burn. The Sheriff’s Office has had prior contacts with Allison at the residence related to mental health issues. Allison was placed under arrest by the deputy for arson. All family members of Allison were contacted and no one was injured or inside of the residence when he started the fire.

Allison was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka where he was booked for Arson related charges. Allison’s bail was set at $250,000 dollars.

The scene is currently being secured by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and a search warrant has been request through a Humboldt County Superior Court Judge. Once the search warrant is signed Humboldt County Arson Task Force will respond to process the fire scene.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

 

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