A man has been charged with committing arson after he allegedly lit his mother’s house on fire in Libertyville last week. His mother had an active order of protection against him, records show.
The Libertyville Fire Department and Libertyville Police Department responded around 6:40 p.m. on October 10 to the 500 block of East Golf Road in Libertyville for a structure fire.
A person driving by had spotted the fire and called 911.
Fire officials said the caller reported an explosion and the structure was on fire.
Firefighters arrived to find a single-family residential home well-engulfed in flames and smoke.
The incident was upgraded through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) to bring additional fire departments to the scene.
Police officers temporarily shut down the surrounding area while fire crews worked at the scene.
It took firefighters over an hour to get the fire under control.
Firefighters remained on the scene well into the night as the fire continued to flare up.
Fire officials said that firefighters were able to complete a search of the residence once the fire was under control.
Firefighters did not find anyone inside the home. No injuries were reported during the incident.
The home was deemed uninhabitable but a damage estimate was not available.
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, Libertyville Fire Department, Libertyville Police Department and other fire department investigators began investigating the cause of the fire.
Adrian S. Jonas, 26, of Libertyville, was charged on Wednesday with residential arson, arson of personal property, violation of an order of protection and resisting a peace officer.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak signed an arrest warrant for Jonas.
He was arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail on Thursday, jail records show.
Jonas appeared in bond court Friday morning.
Potkonjak said the home belonged to Jonas’ mother and that she had an active order of protection against her son at the time of the incident.
Jonas was also charged with violating an order of protection in Libertyville in early September, court records show. It is unknown if that also involved his mother.
Jonas remains held on a $350,000 bond, which was set when the warrant was issued.
He would need to post $35,000 cash in order to be released. A court hearing is scheduled next for November 17.