A man accused of setting a fire Monday morning near his home on the Far South Side was ordered held on $50,000 bail today, authorities said.
Jerry Mallett, 47, of the 8500 block of South Exchange Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood, was charged with felony arson and criminal trespassing, police said. Mallett was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail in a hearing before Cook County Criminal Court Judge James Brown midday today, said Tanda Simonton, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office.
Someone saw flames coming from an abandoned building at 8130 S. Escanaba Ave. shortly after Mallett was seen going into it and then leaving about 6 a.m. Monday morning.
According to the Chicago Fire Department, that building and another at 8048 S. Escanaba Ave. burned around the same time Monday morning.
Both were 2½-story vacant frame homes and no one was hurt, according to the fire department.
Mallett is expected to appear in Branch 98 of Cook County Criminal Court on May 7.
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