Jason Joseph Wilson, 36, of Hillsboro has been charged with two felonies in connection with a suspicious fire last week at the Timber Ridge Apartments in the 100 block of Sandstone Court in Hillsboro.
Residents had to be evacuated from the apartment complex, but no one was injured, authorities reported.
Wilson has been charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree arson, each one a class B felony punishable by five to 15 years in prison.
He was being held without bond, and as of Tuesday, he had been transferred from the Jefferson County Jail to a state prison related to a different charge, authorities reported.
Wilson has several previous felony convictions.
The fire was reported at about 10 a.m. April 27, and the Hillsboro Fire Protection District called the Hillsboro Police Department to help evacuate residents from an eight-unit building in the complex, and then the police were called to investigate the fire, Hillsboro Police Capt. Darrick Curtis said.
“(Wilson) was taken into custody without incident about 4:30 p.m. April 28 in Hillsboro,” Curtis said. “He was identified through security footage.”
The fire was quickly brought under control and was contained to one unit on the second floor of the building, Hillsboro Fire reported.
Two units were determined to be uninhabitable until repairs are made, and the people who live in those apartments were taken to stay in a hotel until other housing could be found, according to the fire district.
Hillsboro Fire also contacted the state Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate the fire, Chief Brian Gaudet said.
The Mapaville, Goldman, De Soto Rural and Dunklin fire protection districts helped with the call, and the Valle Ambulance District also responded to the scene, Gaudet said.