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Mandan man charged with arson, throwing objects at firefighters

Ricky Allen Kinsella Submitted photo

MANDAN, N.D.—A 50-year-old Mandan man is charged with arson, reckless endangerment and other crimes after police say he allegedly started a fire in a Mandan mobile home and threw sharp objects at police and firefighters who responded.

A court affidavit filed Thursday against Ricky Allen Kinsella says the Mandan Fire Department had to approach the residence under cover of ballistic shields to extinguish the fire, which prompted the evacuation of nearby homes.

Police were called to a mobile home in the 700 block of Sixth Avenue Southeast about 7:45 p.m. Sunday for a report of a man who would not leave a residence. Court records say Kinsella had recently sold the mobile home, but was at the residence on Sunday and the owner wanted him to leave.

When officers arrived, Kinsella advised he was not leaving the home. Kinsella then allegedly barricaded the door and began throwing objects out of the home and throwing knives at the door, court records say.

Officers began to notice a chemical smell and one deputy observed Kinsella with what appeared to be a can of lighter fluid, the affidavit states. Officers then saw Kinsella use a lighter to light curtains on fire, court records say.

Patrol officers provided cover for the Mandan Fire Department with ballistic shields as they approached the home. Officers pulled Kinsella out of the home through a window, as firefighters extinguished the fire, using a Taser to overcome Kinsella's resistance, court records say. Nearby homes were evacuated.

The incident caused smoke damage to a living room window and broken windows. An accelerant detection canine later alerted officers to the floor underneath the living room window, the affidavit states.

Items thrown out of the residence as officers responded include screwdrivers, tin snips, a trowel and other objects used as projectiles. Court documents do not indicate any officers were injured.

Kinsella is charged with arson, a Class B felony, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and preventing arrest, all Class C felonies.

Court records say Kinsella was taken to a hospital for medical clearance. It was unclear Thursday if he continues to be hospitalized. He was not listed as an inmate Thursday at the Burleigh Morton County Detention Center.