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Fight allegedly leads to a felony fire at a Nipomo residence


What started as an otherwise normal fight between a Nipomo resident and his ex-girlfriend allegedly turned felonious, according to court records recently obtained by the Sun.

According to an affidavit, on June 1 of this year, then-20-year-old Kailey Lind Chillinsky of San Luis Obispo confronted her ex-boyfriend at his workplace in Pismo Beach.

The affidavit alleged that, during an argument there, Chillinsky told her ex, “Oh, and by the way, I went to your house in Nipomo and took all your stuff out and burned it all. Not your roommates’ stuff, just yours.”

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Thomas C. McEwen, who drafted the affidavit, responded to the reported residential structure fire at 540 Story St. in ‚Ä®Nipomo. Deputies from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office came along, too.

The affidavit stated that clothing and other personal items had been hurled out of a broken bedroom window and set on fire outside the house. The affidavit went on to say that the clothing also ignited a nearby wooden fence and the flames damaged the occupied residential structure.

McEwen determined the fire to be arson and spoke with the ex-boyfriend, who divulged details about the earlier argument. The report says a next-door neighbor reported hearing a female voice at the residence between 4 and 5 p.m., and then saw smoke.

McEwen said between the suspect’s statement and the determination of arson as the cause of the fire, he had probable cause to believe that Chillinsky started the blaze.

According to further court records, Chillinsky was charged with four counts: burglary, felony arson of property, vandalism to property over $400, and domestic battery. She pleaded not guilty on July 10.

Jeffrey Stein, a San Luis Obispo-based attorney, is representing Chillinsky. Stein declined to comment on the case.

 McEwen also declined to comment on the ongoing investigation, as is law enforcement policy.

Chillinsky was bailed out on a $50,000 bond from Aladdin Bail Bonds of San Luis Obispo on June 5, according to court records.

She’s due back in court on Oct. 9 for an arraignment, during which she’ll be checked into trial court.

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