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Ottawa man arrested for arson

A resident at 1605 Chestnut St. was arrested Tuesday for setting his home on fire June 14. Salvador Ochoa, 53, Ottawa, was charged with two felony counts of arson.
A resident at 1605 Chestnut St. was arrested Tuesday for setting his home on fire June 14. Salvador Ochoa, 53, Ottawa, was charged with two felony counts of arson.

An Ottawa man was arrested Tuesday night on charges he set his Chestnut Street home on fire last month.

Salvador Ochoa, 53, Ottawa, was arrested Tuesday night in Princeton on two felony counts of arson.

Ochoa posted $2,000 bail and was released. If found guilty, Ochoa could face three to seven years in prison, or fines not to exceed $25,000. He's scheduled to appear in Judge H. Chris Ryan's courtroom Friday, July 18.

Ottawa police and fire personnel arrived at 9:17 p.m. June 14 to 1605 Chestnut St., which was on fire. The fire also caused damage to the residence directly to the south, the residents of which were able to escape without injury.

While the fire was tended to by the fire department, police interviewed neighbors regarding the circumstances of the fire.

The fire at 1605 Chestnut St. was extinguished with no one being located inside. No injuries were associated with the fire.

The next morning, the scene was processed by an Illinois State Fire Marshal arson investigator in conjunction with Ottawa police detectives.

Arson Investigator Kevin Smith concluded that the fire was incendiary and "knowingly set," according to an Ottawa Fire Department report.

"The fire is suspected to be a result of the release of an ignitable, flammable or combustible substance inside the residence. The substance inside the residence created flammable vapors. It is suspected that the accumulated flammable vapors inside the residence were ignited with an open flame/flame-producing device," the report read.

The living room on the south side of the structure and the kitchen on the west side of the residence are suspected to be the rooms of origin.

Additional interviews were conducted in the days following the fire and the case was transferred to the La Salle County State's Attorney's Office for review before a warrant was issued for Ochoa on Tuesday.

Estimated damage as a result of the fire is $50,000, according to a Wallace Fire Protection District Report.

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