Gerald Kenneth Safran. MCADC/MCSO
KINGMAN — A Kingman man allegedly built a fire dangerously close to the BLM Kingman Field Office to “keep warm.”
Kingman Police arrested Gerald Kenneth Safran, 70, of Kingman, about 6:55 a.m. April 28 on misdemeanor charges of reckless burning and criminal damage.
Police said an officer responded to the BLM Kingman Field Office in the 2700 block of Mission Boulevard about an employee reporting a man was building and lighting a fire.
The officer arrived and found that Safran had allegedly built a fire, using wood from the landscaping and other debris, in an attempt to “keep warm”. The fire was dangerously close to the building.
Safran was booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility.
The story continues a day later…
#KINGMAN — Gerald Kenneth Safran, 70, of Kingman, was charged April 29 with an additional felony count of arson. An officer responded to a business in the 2400 block of Hualapai Mountain Road about a City of Kingman dumpster that had been burned the previous weekend.
The investigation determined that Safran had set the contents of the dumpster on fire about 11:30 p.m. April 27. The fire was not reported or noticed until Monday.
KPD said Safran admitted involvement while in custody at the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility.
Police said further investigation revealed that Safran has a history of arson and reckless burning in other jurisdictions.
Source: City of Kingman Police Department