Rainier-area man allegedly sets mobile home on fire with wife inside

Staff writerDecember 2, 2013 

Sheriff's deputies arrested a 32-year-old Rainier-area man Saturday night after he allegedly poured gasoline on a mobile home in the 100 block of Raintree Loop while his wife and her father were inside and then set it aflame.

Joshua Ford was arrested around 11:30 p.m. while walking on 133rd Avenue in Rainier. Deputies arrested him on suspicion of first-degree arson, Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Brady said.

During a court hearing on Monday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ordered Ford held on suspicion of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson. Dixon set Ford's bail at $100,000.

Ford's father-in-law was able to exit through a front window of the mobile home after it was set on fire, and then walked around to the front door to let his daughter out, Brady said.

Ford had kicked the door to the mobile home shut, and he knew that it was broken so that it was locked from the outside, Brady said. Ford then poured a can of gasoline over the mobile home and set it on fire, Brady added.

"They were very lucky to get out alive," Brady said of Ford's wife and father-in-law.

Brady said the fire department was dispatched to the fire, but neighbors in the area were able to put it mostly out before firefighters got there.

Deputies had visited the residence earlier Saturday evening because of a domestic dispute, Brady said.

When deputies arrested Ford, he said "I'm glad I did it," court papers state. During Monday's court hearing, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jack Jones said Ford "is clearly dangerous." He also pointed out that Ford has numerous prior convictions for disobeying court orders. Jones said that police reports indicate Ford was intoxicated when he was placed under arrest.


Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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