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Central Point teen charged with arson

Nicholas Gentry Brown

A Central Point teenager is accused of intentionally setting fire to a vacant Central Point house.

Nicholas Gentry Brown, 18, made his initial court appearance Wednesday on felony arson and criminal mischief charges alleging he set fires throughout the kitchen and attic of a house in the 300 block of Ridgeway Avenue, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.

On July 25, a real estate agent discovered the fire in the kitchen and called 911, according to Central Point police. The agent had been alerted by neighbors to an open front door.

Central Point police and Jackson County Fire District 3 investigators found “multiple piles of paper were lit” and placed inside kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, the dishwasher and on top of the stove, which had multiple burners on.

Inside the attic, investigators found a bucket of insulation material that had been set on fire, but the fire did not spread to other portions of the house.

A neighbor’s surveillance system allegedly captured video of Brown entering the backyard of the house and switching on the lights, and police said they had contacted Brown in the neighborhood early the morning before the fire occurred.

Brown is separately accused of breaking a glass mirror in a master bedroom with a brick, according to police. The homeowner’s insurance company estimated the damage at between $45,000 and $60,000.

Brown remained Wednesday in the Jackson County Jail on $57,500 bail.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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Nicholas Gentry Brown