Arrest made in arson that destroyed Denison home

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - A man has been arrested for burning down the home he was living in and part of his neighbor's house early Friday morning.

Since Friday, the Ford family has spent much of their time cleaning up the side of the home damaged by the fire that burned the house next door all the way to the ground.

"There's just so many people to thank and be thankful for," said Regina Ford, fighting back tears.

While Regina and Jesse Ford were boarding up the side of their house and cleaning up the inside, Denison police got a call about someone causing a disturbance nearly two miles away from where the house burned down.

"When we got there, we found Nicholas Orrick was there, and there was an outstanding Grayson County warrant for arson on him, and he jumped the fence and tried to flee from officers, and officers took him safely into custody," said Lt. Mike Eppler with Denison Police Department.

"We were relieved because we were real weary that he would come back over here and try to burn our house (the house they're currently staying in) down too," said Jesse Ford.

Nicholas Orrick was booked into the Grayson County Jail for arson and evading arrest.

Meanwhile, the Fords are still cleaning up everything that was taken by the fire.

They said dozens of people have helped them over the past few days, but they still don't know who the man and woman were who helped get them out of the home the night of the blaze.

"To the lady that came down the street when the fire started, her and her son, they were going to go right in the house. She came down here screaming 'are y'all alright? are y'all okay?' They helped me get my little dogs out of the house," said Regina Ford.

While the Fords have had their lives drastically changed, they say they want what's best for Orrick.

"I hope something is done for him to help him, but he needs to be put away because he's just not in his right mind," said Jesse Ford.

"He needs to get his head straight on that, and hopefully they can help him do that," said Regina Ford.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Grayson County Fire Marshal.