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$200K bond for man charged in South Shore arson

Danielle Gardner  |  Chicago Police photo

Danielle Gardner | Chicago Police photo

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Updated: August 27, 2013 12:35AM

Bond was set at $200,000 Monday for a South Side man charged with setting a fire that displaced 10 people at a South Shore apartment.

Dwayne Kohler, 27, and Danielle Gardner, 21, both of the 8000 block of South Marquette, were charged with one felony count of residential arson, police said.

On Monday, Judge James Brown ordered Kohler held on $200,000 bond, said Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Stephen Campbell. Gardner was ordered held on $150,000 bond Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office.

The blaze started about 6:40 p.m. Friday in a two-story apartment building in the 8000 block of South Marquette and was elevated to a two-alarm blaze when the roof collapsed, Fire Media Affairs said.

A mayday response indicating firefighters were in distress was called after the roof collapsed, but all of the firefighters were located unharmed, the fire department said.

There were no injuries, but five adults and five children who lived in the building were displaced, according to the fire department.

Gardner and Kohler were arrested Friday after being accused of soaking a garbage can full of debris with lighter fluid, setting it on fire and placing it against the building, police said.

Police said they set fire to the building after arguing with family members,. Kohler suffered facial injuries as family members attempted to detain him for police.

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