Missoula man pleads not guilty to allegedly starting house fire

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Ryan Allan Kirkbride, 42. 

Provided Zoe Buchli

A Missoula man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of arson and criminal endangerment.

Ryan Allan Kirkbride, 42, was arraigned in Missoula County District Court on one count of arson and four counts of criminal endangerment.

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Kirkbride was arrested on suspicion of starting a house fire at the 1500 block of Howell Street on May 13. When police arrived at the scene, he was on the roof of a neighboring home refusing to come down, charging documents said. Officials spent several hours in negotiations with him in efforts to get him off the roof.

According to the Montana Board of Crime Control, these are the ten Montana counties with the highest violent crime rate per 1,000 people.

A bond hearing was set for Wednesday before Missoula District Judge Leslie Halligan. He was remanded to the custody of the Missoula County Sheriff.

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