RACINE - A fourth person accused in the fire and explosion of an Island Avenue home in November has been formally charged.
Victor L. Jackson, 30, of Milwaukee was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with party to arson of a building with intent to defraud. If convicted he faces up to 40 years imprisonment.
Three others accused in the home explosion were charged last week. Catherine E. Derosier, 33, and David R. Williams Sr., 40, both of the 3500 block of Haven Avenue, and Edward L. Possing, 42, of the 2800 block of Blaine Avenue, were each charged with party to the crime of arson with intent to defraud.
According to the criminal complaints, Possing owned the house at 324 Island Ave. and Derosier and Williams were his tenants.
At 2:15 a.m. on Nov. 6, Racine police and firefighters were called to the home for a fire and explosion. When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. An explosion had blown out the front picture window, the front door and other windows on the house.
The damage to the house was estimated at $40,000.
Fire investigators determined that an incendiary agent was used to start the fire and an open can of gasoline was found in the basement.
Witnesses told police that Williams had talked about the house being set on fire in a plan set up by Possing. Jackson is accused of actually setting the fire on a night when Williams and Derosier were out of town.
Derosier, Williams and Possing are due back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing. Jackson is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on March 31, according to online court records.