A Racine man was charged criminally after he got into a fight and started a fire at a home.

Jason Hoskins, 24, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with misdemeanor bail jumping and disorderly conduct.

If convicted of the charges, Hoskins faces up to five years in prison and/or fined up to $11,000.

According to the criminal complaint, the Racine Police Department responded to a report of a fire that may have intentionally been set by Hoskins in the 1200 block of Reeds Court at 2:10 p.m. Nov. 10.

When the police arrived, the fire had already been put out by the Racine Fire Department. A small portion of the siding was missing and the northwest corner of the home was burned. Hoskins stood across the street screaming at two other men. He denied starting the fire.  He told police that he went go get cocktails and when he returned, the house was on fire.

However, a witness told police that Hoskins — who had been drinking — was kicked out of the home after he started “acting up.” He told the people he was with that he was going to start the house on fire. After getting kicked out of the house, the fire happened.

Officers arrested Hoskins and found a lighter in his pocket and burnt paper on the ground.

A fire investigator with the Racine Fire Department told police the fire was likely started with a lighter.

Hoskins, who was out on bond for  misdemeanor case, was taken into police custody and taken to the Racine County Jail.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.