UPDATE: Centralia house fire investigated as arson

2 months 1 week 6 days ago Thursday, June 08 2017 Jun 8, 2017 Thursday, June 08, 2017 4:45:00 PM CDT June 08, 2017 in News
By: Claire Peralta, Sydney Kalich, KOMU 8 Digital Producers

CENTRALIA - A Centralia area man is being held in the Boone County Detention center awaiting bond to be set on a charge of 2nd degree Arson.

Jebadiah D. Romine, 36, is suspected of intentionally setting fire to his home Thursday in the 11500 block of East Rodney Griffin Road, according to a press release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. 

Authorities said the fire initially started outside, but jumped a wall and spread quickly.

Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the residence and Romine walking away. A Centralia police officer found Romine at Jaycee Park a short time later and turned him over to deputies.

It is unknown if there are any injuries as a result of the fire. 

 [Editor's note: The story has been updated to include the latest information.]

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