A suspected arson was arrested at his home Wednesday night several hours after he allegedly set fire to a townhouse under construction in Ridgefield, Washington.
23-year-old Brandon A. Emery appeared in court Thursday morning; he faces one count of arson in the second degree in connection to the fire off North Canyon Circle near North 32nd Avenue.
Court documents allege Emery remained on scene after setting the fire just after 12 a.m. and tried to capture the flames on video. Emery was allegedly wearing a yellow vest and a lanyard that indicated he was a member of the media.
An officer questioned Emery and, in court documents, said he responded suspiciously. The officer said Emery appeared “to be entranced by the fire activity” and said Emery told him he had heard about the fire through an app on his phone.