Boise man accused of setting fire to neighbor's house

newsroom@idahostatesman.comJanuary 2, 2014 

NICHOLAS B. ORR

Police were called to a report of a possible arson fire in East Boise's Columbia Village subdivision at about 11 p.m. New Year's Eve, according to police.

A resident told police that he believed someone intentionally set fire to his house. Another neighbor saw the fire, notified the resident, helped put it out and provided information about a person seen leaving the area after the fire started, Boise police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said.

The fire was set on an exterior corner of the house; it caused minor damage. Firefighters were not dispatched to the fire.

Investigators identified Nicholas B. Orr, 33, as a suspect, and they arrested him on New Year's Day. Police say they found evidence that Orr set fire to his neighbor's home, and he may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Orr was charged with felony first-degree arson and booked into the Ada County Jail. If found guilty, Orr faces penalties of up to 25 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.

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