Dunsmuir house fire found to be arson
DUNSMUIR – A Dunsmuir man faces felony arson and attempted murder charges after authorities say he started a fire on the porch of an occupied house in the early morning hours of Dec. 22.
Three occupants of the home were able to get out safely before the fire caused major damage.
Kyle Phillip Rose, age 58, was arrested Christmas Eve after Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office deputies Jon Erickson and Kelly Towers, working with a fire investigator from the Mt. Shasta Fire Protection District, developed probable cause to believe the blaze was a criminal act “linked to the intentional and deliberate actions of the suspect,” SCSO said in a press release.
Assistant Dunsmuir-Castella Fire Chief Gene Meyer said the fire had extended into the house, located at 4427 Dunsmuir Avenue, when the first engine arrived just after 4 a.m. on Dec. 22.
Rose is charged with attempted murder because the house was occupied at the time of the arson, SCSO explained.
Damage to the home is estimated to be $100,000 at minimum, the SCSO reported.
The many fire units and engines that responded to the fire were led by Meyer, Mount Shasta Fire Protection District Chief Rick Joyce, Mount Shasta City Fire Department Chief Matt Melo and MSFPD Battalion Chief Jonathan Duncan.
Investigation is being conducted in partnership with SCSO investigators and Siskiyou County Arson Task Force (SCAT), a multi-agency arson investigation team led by CAL FIRE and staffed by various law enforcement and fire agencies within Siskiyou County, according to SCSO.
“Due to the seriousness and heinous nature of the crime, a bail enhancement was requested by deputies and granted by a judge of the Siskiyou County Superior Court, which includes a ‘No Bail Clause,’” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. “Arson is partially defined as the willful or malicious setting of a fire, or causing a fire to burn any structure, forest land, or property.”
Based on the investigation and evidence, the fire was suspected to have been set purposely and intentionally, Lopey said.
Lopey praised “the cooperative working relationship, collaboration, and determined investigative efforts” of SCSO and fire investigative authorities. “It is apparent that the quick response of the involved fire agencies minimized damage and the actions of first responders greatly reduced the potential threat posed by the fire to occupants of the home and other citizens,” Lopey said.
Those with information about the case should call the SCSO’s 24-hour dispatch line at (530) 841-2900.