A man is arrested for arson in Kearney house fire

KEARNEY – A man has been charged with Arson after a fire at his house Saturday evening.

Kearney Fire Personnel responded to 902 Central Avenue for reports of a structure fire. Officials say when crews arrived they saw heavy smoke and flames coming out of two front windows. Crews started fighting the fire just after 8 p.m. and had it under control by 8:20 p.m.

Kearney Police Officials told NCN 64-year-old Stephen Larson was arrested for second degree arson. Larsen is a resident of the home.

Officials say the fire was mainly in the living room, but the rest of the house was damaged by smoke.

Initial reports estimate around 25-thousand dollars worth of damage was done to the house, with an additional 5-thousand dollars of damage to contents of the house.

Officials say 44 firefighters helped put out the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.