Officials: North Ogden fire is arson, propane tank thrown through house window

Posted at 10:29 AM, Jun 30, 2014

OGDEN, Utah – Officials said a complaint about broken windows at a North Ogden home is now an arson investigation and police have one person in custody.

Detective Paul Rhodes said police were called to a home near 3300 N. and 600 E. in North Ogden Saturday night and found broken windows with a trail of burning materials through the yard.

Rhodes said the trail of fire stopped under the house’s gas meter.

Fire crews said a propane tank with an open gas valve had been thrown through a window into the house.

Investigators said a neighbor, William Hinckley, talked to the victim’s family members and said he was drunk and the fire pit got out of control.

Officers said Hinckley also told them he was drunk and got carried away.

Police said they searched Hinckley’s home and found evidence that tied him to the items found at the victim’s house.

He is now in the Weber County Jail facing charges for aggravated arson, criminal mischief, trespassing, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.