Sonora man charged with setting home on fire

A Sonora man is being held on a $10,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center after being arrested and charged Tuesday afternoon with setting his home on fire, according to authorities.

Richard Payton, 41, is charged with second-degree arson — a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted, and misdemeanor second-degree wanton endangerment.

According to an arrest citation, multiple fire de­part­ments and Hardin County EMS responded to a house fire at 2:40 a.m. Nov. 14 at a residence in the 300 block of East Western Ave. in Sonora.

Payton was the lone occupant at the time of the fire and he said he was in a garage, the arrest report said.

Fire samples were taken from the scene and after analysis, it was determined an accelerant such as charcoal starter or paint thinner had been used, according to the citation.

Fire departments from Up­ton, Sonora and Glendale responded to the fire scene.

Payton appeared Wednesday morning in Hardin District Court. A preliminary hearing in the case is Dec. 6 in Hardin District Court.

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