Grants Pass mobile home fire ruled as arson

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Fri, June 6 2014 at 6:09 PM, Updated: Fri, June 6 2014 at 10:18 PM

Grants Pass, Ore. -- A Grants Pass man is in jail after allegedly setting fire to the mobile home he called home. 

The fire broke out on the 3900 block of Highland Avenue just after 9 PM on Thursday.

All 10 residents of the trailer were able to get out, however, one dog died in the fire.

Most of the damage was contained to the inside of the home.

But firefighters say it could have been much worse.

"Earlier in the day with the high winds, and low humidity that we've been experiencing, had the fire occurred at that time of the day, it could have been a much different situation for the entire neighborhood," said Austin Prince, Division Chief for Rural Metro.

Police arrested Darrell Butchko on suspicion of arson.

He remains in the Josephine County Jail.

An investigation into how or why the fire was started continues.

Copyright KOBI-TV. All rights reserved unless otherwise stated. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without written permission.

What do you think? Sound off on our Facebook page and on Twitter, or leave a comment below.

About the Author

Kyle Aevermann

Kyle Aevermann reports weekdays and anchors NBC 5 News Weekends. He joined NBC 5 News in March 2012 as a morning producer and reporter. Prior to joining KOBI, Kyle interned at KISL-FM on Catalina Island, CA. He was also a regular contributor to CNN's citizen journalism program.

Originally from the Chicago-land area, Kyle moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 to work in the social media industry. Kyle enjoys hiking, traveling, learning about cultures, and has a serious love for food.

Catch Kyle anchoring weekends on NBC 5 News at 6pm and 11pm.

Connect with Kyle

Leave a Comment:

Note: Comments with profanity are automatically filtered and hidden. Verbal attacks towards others via our comments section will not be tolerated.