A Davenport man on probation for attempted burglary was arrested Wednesday after police say he set a fire in an apartment on Bridge Avenue.
Steven Wilson Hollingshed, 48, faces charges of first-degree arson, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and third-degree burglary, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Bond was set Thursday morning at $50,000 cash-only. He has a preliminary hearing April 20.
According to an arrest affidavit filed Thursday, Hollingshed intentionally set fire to an occupied structure at 1214 Bridge Avenue around 1:27 a.m. Wednesday.
The building contains three apartments and people were present at the time of the fire, according to the arrest affidavit.
Davenport Fire Marshal Jim Morris says crews responded to a building fire and, upon entrance into the two-story wood-frame structure, encountered light smoke conditions.
Hollingshed in one of the apartments placed combustible material on top of a gas stove and set the burner in the “on” position, causing it to ignite the wooden chair that was placed on top of the stove, according to the arrest affidavit.
He was the last person at the residence and had motive to set the fire, according to the arrest affidavit.
At the time of the fire, all entry doors were secured and had to be forced by the fire department, according to the arrest affidavit.
The fire was quickly extinguished and the structure was ventilated. The case remains under investigation by the Davenport Fire Marshal's Office.
Hollingshed had no right, license of privilege” to be inside the apartment, according to the arrest affidavit.
Although the arrest affidavit did not say exactly why Hollingshed set fire to the apartment, court records show that he attempted to break into an apartment in the same building in July.
In that case, he was placed on one year of unsupervised probation in August after pleading guilty to third-degree attempted burglary, an aggravated misdemeanor.