Grand Island fires lead to arrest for arson

Police investigate the cause of a Grand Island apartment fire as fire crews clean up debris. (KSNB)
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - UPDATE: A Grand Island man is in the Hall County jail this morning after being accused of setting three fires in a short span of time Saturday morning.

The first of the three fires was in the his own apartment at Courtesy Court on West Second Street. That fire did extensive damage to the apartment, leaving it unfit to live in.

While that was going on, Patrick W. Jones reportedly went across the street to the Residence Suites and set another fire causing minor damage.

From there, Jones went to the nearby Ace Hardware store and shoplifted fire starting materials. Jones is accused a starting a fire at the hardware store that caused an estimated $2000 worth of damage to a floor.

Police arrested him at Ace Hardware. Jones, who admitted to police he was using meth, was arrested on three counts of first degree arson, which is a Class 2 Felony, as well as misdemeanor theft and shoplifting charges.

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The Grand Island Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at 2301 W 2nd St. at about 11 am Saturday.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire. By the time firefighters were called the fire was mostly out. It took them about 10 minutes to put out the flames. There appeared to be extensive damage to property inside of the apartment. The fire department said it will be uninhabitable.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Grand Island Police Department.

This developing story will continue to be updated as more information is made available.