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Waterford man sets wife's clothes on fire, flames spread throughout house

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Posted at 7:07 AM, Apr 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 13:34:39-04

VILLAGE OF WATERFORD, Wis. — Racine County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a house fire on the 200 block of S Water St. in the Village of Waterford at approximately 8:27 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 for reports of a fire in the bathroom and the bedroom

Deputies arrived on the scene and found that all four occupants were safely out of the house. However, Wade Hotchkiss, his wife and two children, ages 12 and 17, were inside the residence when the fire started.

When Deputies asked Hotchkiss how the fire started, he said he started the fire after an argument with his wife, setting her clothes in a basket on fire.

The fire started in their bedroom causing the carpet and the bedroom door to catch fire.

Hotchkiss was taken into custody and is being held at the Racine County Jail on the following charges:

  • 4 counts 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety
  • Arson of a building
  • Arson of property other than a building
  • Felony Criminal Damage to Property
  • Disorderly Conduct (Domestic Abuse Related)

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