Man finds fire in kitchen, stepson charged with arson

Man finds fire in kitchen, stepson charged with arson
Posted at 12:20 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 12:20:57-04

A 21-year-old is facing multiple charges related to arson after police say he set part of his kitchen on fire and scattered smoke alarms around the house. 

Firefighters were called to the 700 block of Little Kidwell Avenue Tuesday afternoon after reports of a small fire on the kitchen floor of the Centreville home. 

Patrick Bere found the small fire on the floor of his home and said the house also smelled of gasoline. 

FIrefighters ventilated the home and got rid of the smell. After an investigation, the Office of the State Fire Marshall found that the fire, as well as other personal property in the home, had been intentionally set by Bere's stepson. 

Investigators also found that smoke alarms had been removed from the ceiling and scattered around the house with the batteries removed. $3,000 worth of damage had been done to the home. 

Centreville police found Bere's stepson, Evan Flynn, a short distance from his house. After a short fight with police, he was taken to a hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. 

On Wednesday Flynn was charged by the Deputy State Fire Marshals with Arson, Malicious Burning, Malicious Destruction of Property, and more. If he is convicted, Flynn will face a maximum of 39 years in jail and $58,000 in fines. 

Centreville police are also charging Flynn with Assault on Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and more.