Blackwell man facing arson charges

October 21, 2021 | Courts

NEWKIRK — An attorney status review is set for Colton Dewayne Brooks, 23, Blackwell, in Kay County District Court.

Brooks is facing felony charges of first degree arson and endangering emergency service personnel during an arson response filed on Oct. 8. Another set of the same charges were filed in a second case on Oct. 13.

Colton Dewayne Brooks

Blackwell police report that on May 14, an officer responded to the 1200 block of S. 3rd Street after it was reported that Brooks might be trying to burn the house down.

An officer arrived and smelled something burning. He entered the residence and reportedly found an oxygen bottle in the center of the kitchen floor with burnt residue around the base.

A resident of the home had extinguished the fire.

The officer also reportedly located burnt fabric on the back porch.

Blackwell Fire Marshall Jerry Weiland was notified.

Brooks reportedly admitted to officials that he set the fire in hopes of dying.  He was admitted to a mental health facility.

In the second case, Blackwell fire units responded to a report of a structure fire at the same residence on Oct. 7.

Officials report the structure was fully engulfed with flames shooting out of the front and back.

Police received a report that the resident was spotted walking north away from the residence.

Officers searched the area and later located Brooks in the area of 2nd and Lawrence. Officers report he was profusely sweating and acting erratically with glassy red eyes. He reportedly told officers that the oven and microwave caught the house on fire.

Police took Brooks back to the scene of the fire, where he reportedly admitted to setting the house on fire and to using meth earlier in the day. He reportedly told police the fire was burning for an hour before he left the residence.

Brooks is being held in the county jail on $200,000 bond.