|12/3/2021 11:25:00 AM|
Chisago City man charged with arson
Charges were filed against a 44-year-old Chisago City man who is accused of first degree property damage, first degree arson, theft and tampering with a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission.
Bail for Jeremy David Kirchner was set at $500,000 and he was being held at last check.
Kirchner was apprehended relatively quickly following a middle of the night incident reported as a house fire Sunday, November 21, in Center City.
An occupant of the house on Grand Avenue is a former girlfriend of Kirchner’s who advised sheriff’s personnel after firefighters responded, that she believed he had been at the property.
She said when smoke started filling the home, she went outside and saw a man who she assumed was Kirchner. She has applied for an Order for Protection because he can be very unpredictable when intoxicated, she explained, and he did not accept the breakup well. The OFPs were dismissed by judges, according to what she told the deputy.
The criminal complaint also noted the woman’s vehicle was moved or had assistance in rolling close to the lakeshore and that a touch screen inside was damaged. Unidentified damages to a roommate’s vehicle were being looked into.
Kirchner was sought out after investigators went onto the roof and found one of three flues in a chimney plugged with pink fiberglas insulation and pieces of sheetrock. The products eventually were matched to debris in Kirchner’s pickup and trailer located at his Chisago City address.
Interviewed at the jail, the suspect acknowledged he’d gone to the Center City address to collect personal items, but denied any involvement in the fire incident.