Arson arrest made in connection with Carbondale house fire

Arrest made after Jackson County house fire
Published: Dec. 12, 2022 at 4:54 PM CST
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - A Jackson County man faces an arson charge, after police say he tried to burn down a house over the weekend.

According to court records, 39-year-old Willie Nesby is charged with residential arson.

Jackson County State’s Attorney Joe Cervantez said crews responded just after 5 p.m. to a report of a structure fire at the corner of Dillinger and Reed Station Roads on Saturday, December 10.

Cervantez stated that an altercation occurred at the residence on Dillenger Road before the fire started.

He said Nesby did not live there full time, but was known to be a frequent visitor.

Cervantez says everyone inside the home is safe.

“Right now the investigation is on going but as more information comes in we’ll release that as soon as we can,” said Cervantez.

Bond for Nesby is set at $100,000.

A preliminary hearing is set for January 3 at 1:15 p.m.