Man arrested for arson in Lewiston house fire

Man arrested for arson in Lewiston house fire

Lewiston Police arrested a man on multiple charges, after witnesses say he intentionally started a house fire Thursday night.

Lewiston Police and the Lewiston Fire Department responded to the 400 block of 15th St. just after 9 p.m. to find smoke pouring out of the front door of the home and several people trying to put the fire out with a garden hose.

Through witness interviews, it was determined that 32 year old David Karn had intentionally started the fire. Witnesses said Karn kicked in the front door, lit a torch and placed it on a dresser in a bedroom while a woman was sleeping inside.

No one was injured in the fire. The owner of the home was not home at the time.

Karn was still at the scene and was taken into custody for burglary and first degree arson. He was booked into the Nez Perce County Jail.

During the arrest, he had financial transaction cards in his possession that belonged to the owner of the home. Because of this, Karn was also booked on three counts of grand theft.

The investigation is ongoing.

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