Posted: Jun 19, 2013 9:57 PM by Irina Cates - MTN News
Updated: Jun 19, 2013 9:57 PM
MISSOULA - Travis David Crosby of Missoula, accused of setting an apartment fire that left 45 people homeless, appeared in court Wednesday afternoon on a felony arson charge.
Prosecutors say that Crosby, 28, set the fire at the Vantage Villa apartment complex after he received an eviction notice.
He allegedly told investigators he was angry, so he lit a chair on fire inside of his third floor apartment last Thursday.
Fire investigators say about 10 units were heavily damaged by the fire and the rest had smoke and water damage.
Prosecutors say there had been an ongoing problem with Crosby in the building and that's why he was served with the eviction notice.
"Sounds like he's done this before on a much smaller scale as an outlet for his anger and I'm concerned, under the current circumstances, that he poses a danger to the community," said Jason Marks, Deputy Missoula County Attorney.
The damages are estimated to be between $3-5 million dollars.
The Vantage Villa on East Broadway is owned by the Missoula Housing Authority; the apartment complex is designated for seniors and people with disabilities, and officials say that most of the 45 people living there lost everything in the fire.
The tenants are staying in temporary housing.
The judge set Crosby's bail at $75,000.