UPDATE: Centralia house fire investigated as arson
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.]