Kennewick Man Faces First Degree Arson Charges Wednesday In Benton County Court
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick Detective Mike Hamilton said a man that was recently arrested for setting his house on fire might also be responsible for other house fires.
42-year-old Joseph Martin was scheduled to appear for a court hearing Wednesday morning in Benton County.
Martin faces first degree arson charges for a fire at a house at 4105 South Newport Street in Kennewick on October 22nd. Police arrested him a month later on November 21st.
Detectives and firefighters have been investigating the fire and are now linking him to two other fires.
Police said the suspect put a lot of people at risk by setting fire to his house. Hamilton said others at risk involved, "the firefighters, the occupants, even the neighbors, a fire especially if it is wind driven can spread to other homes especially that are adjacent and the heat from the house can also damage the other houses as well."
Police think he also started a fire at a house he used to live in on South Auburn Street in Kennewick back in 2002. They are reviewing evidence and re-interviewing witnesses.
They also said another house he lived in back in 1994 in Othello also burned to the ground.
Police are not actively investigating that fire because the statue of limitations has run out.