Man charged with setting fire to his Crest Hill home

A Crest Hill man was charged with setting fire to his home.

On Monday, Will County prosecutors charged Dion Ware, 51, with aggravated arson, residential arson and arson.

Ware was taken to the Will County jail shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday. He was arrested by the Crest Hill Police Department.

Crest Hill Police Chief Ed Clark said officers were called to the 1900 block of Kelly Avenue for a disturbance and someone setting a residence on fire.

Clark said officers met with the homeowner, who was renting out the residence. He said officers learned there was an argument involving Ware, who was one of the renters, and he threatened to burn the house down.

Clark said Ware left the house, returned and then poured liquid on a bed and bedroom floor. He said Ware used tissue to start a fire.

“All occupants were able to leave the residence,” Clark said.

Ware was later apprehended and arrested by police, he said.

Crest Hill police and the Lockport Township Fire Protection District investigated the incident, Clark said.

A criminal complaint filed against Ware alleged that while he was committing an arson he “knowingly partially damaged a building” in the 1900 block of Kelly Avenue while knowing that another person was present.

Prosecutors said in the criminal complaint that the residence belongs to the person who is the alleged victim in the incident.

Ware was further accused in the complaint of damaging a bed and bedroom carpet “by means of fire.”

Jail records show that Ware’s bond was set at $5,000.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News