A man out on bond for crashing into a house, critically injuring a resident in Crystal Lake, has now been charged with committing an arson fire at his home in Lakewood over the weekend.
The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded around 5:54 a.m. Saturday to the 9300 block of Firth Court in Lakewood for a report of a structure fire.
Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Chief Paul DeRaedt said that someone who was not at the home reported to police there was a fire inside the residence.
Firefighters arrived in six minutes and reported the fire appeared to be out.
A search of the one-story, single-family home revealed no one was inside, DeRaedt said.
Fire crews extinguished some smoldering contents but the fire did not require much water to extinguish.
The home sustained significant heat and smoke damage throughout, DeRaedt said, adding that the fire appeared to have mostly burned itself out.
The residence was declared uninhabitable due to the damage. No firefighters were injured.
DeRaedt said damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $250,000.
Investigators from the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department, Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Lakewood Police Department were called to the scene.
Court records show Connor C. Kirkpatrick, 28, of Lakewood, was charged Sunday in connection with the fire on charges of aggravated arson, residential arson and criminal damage to property by fire causing over $100,000 in damage.
A criminal complaint alleges Kirkpatrick poured approximately four gallons of gasoline throughout the inside of the residence around 3:43 a.m. that morning.
Kirkpatrick used a cigarette lighter that he had in his pocket to ignite the gasoline, the complaint said.
The complaint said Kirkpatrick had the intent to cause great bodily harm to himself and property damage to the home.
Court records show Kirkpatrick resides at the residence but is not the owner.
DeRaedt told Lake and McHenry County Scanner on Saturday that the fire was not believed to be suspicious in nature despite Kirkpatrick being charged in the fire just one day later.
Kirkpatrick was arrested in October after being charged with criminal damage to property over $100,000, aggravated reckless driving causing bodily harm and reckless conduct causing great bodily harm.
He has been out on bond in that case since his arrest after posting 10% of a $50,000 bond.
Those charges stem from a crash involving a car and a house in the 100 block of South Heather Drive in Crystal Lake around 7 p.m. on July 27.
Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Rick Neumann said at the time that an SUV was traveling eastbound on Ballard Road.
The SUV, for unknown reasons, continued through the intersection of Briarwood Road and left the roadway, Neumann said.
The vehicle struck a detached garage and residence.
Kirkpatrick, who was the driver of the vehicle, was trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters.
Neumann said Kirkpatrick was subsequently flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries.
Angelo Pleotis, 64, who lives at the involved residence, was also trapped and had to be freed from the wreckage.
Pleotis was in the shower when the vehicle hit his house. He was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center.
Pleotis suffered collapsed lungs, broken ribs, head trauma, lacerations and two spinal fracture dislocations, which caused paralysis.
Kirkpatrick’s case for the Crystal Lake crash remains active and a trial date has not been set yet.
Court records show an active warrant remains for Kirkpatrick in connection with the Saturday arson fire. He is not yet in the custody of the McHenry County Jail.