Arson, attempted murder alleged in fire

jpawloski@theolympian.comDecember 3, 2013 

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 32-year-old Rainier-area man Saturday night after he allegedly poured gasoline on a mobile home while his wife and her father were inside and then set the home on fire.

Joshua Ford was arrested about 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 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 leave through a front window of the mobile home in the 100 block of Raintree Loop and walk around to the front door to let his daughter out, Brady said.

Ford had kicked shut the home’s door, effectively locking it from the outside, Brady said. Ford then poured a can of gasoline over the mobile home and ignited it, Brady added.

“They were very lucky to get out alive,” Brady said.

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

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.” Jones also said Ford has numerous prior convictions for disobeying court orders. Jones said police reports indicate Ford was intoxicated when he was arrested.

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

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