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Steward Ave. Arson Suspect Arraigned

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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) - A man has been arraigned for his suspected involvement in the fire on Steward Ave. Tuesday.

Rodney J. McKee, 25 was arraigned Wednesday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, arson first degree and an outstanding criminal sexual conduct warrant, which is a charge from a separate incident.

The fire started around 11 a.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Steward Ave., near Webb Street.

6 News Nick Perreault spoke with a woman who lives in the home, who is still in shock to be without a home.

Kelly Sturgill-Welton's home on steward is a pile of rubble surrounded by yellow tape 

Luckily Kelly and her grandchildren who lived in the multi-unit home were up north visiting family Tuesday when her home went up in smoke and flames.

"We would've been inside sleeping, God only knows if they wouldn't have gotten them out," said Sturgill-Welton.

On Wednesday she returned to the place she called home for over a year, realizing she has to start over.

"It's like someone jerked my heart out and stomped on it."

Sturgill-Welton says she lost everything, clothes, her grandkids' Christmas presents and countless pictures.

"My mom just died last year and I had all of her pictures and all of her belongings in my apartment and they're all gone."

But she's grateful prosecutors have made an arrest. Rodney McKee, 25, faces charges of first degree arson.

"I don't know what would possess someone to do what he did because there were other people that lived in the house and to take the chance of killing somebody is very devastating and I don't understand that."

Jackson police believe it started over an argument between McKee and a woman who lived there.

"As a result of that, we were able to get a good statement, tying him to the scene and placing evidence in his hand," said Chief Matt Heins, Director, Police & Fire Services

For now Kelly is headed to the Red Cross to look for a new place to live.

More from 6 News: Police Arrest Person Of Interest In Steward Ave. Fire

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