Man who set Sleepy Hollow fire, destroying 30 homes, ordered to pay $10.6 million in restitution

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The man who set the 2015 Sleepy Hollow fire that burned down 30 homes and several warehouse facilities in Wenatchee has been ordered to pay $10.6 million in damages.

Jeremy Kendall, 40, was ordered by Chelan County Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan to pay restitution for the damages but whether he ever will is uncertain, at best.

“He can’t pay that right now,” said Chelan County Prosecutor Doug Shae.  “The court will set a payment schedule up … but I think it’s unlikely he’ll ever be able to pay it.”

In July after a guilty plea to arson charges, Kendall was sentenced to 27 months in prison with 18 months of supervision after his release. With credit for time served, both in jail and a mental health facility, he was then released to supervision.

Kendall set the fire on a hot, dry and windy day, June 28, 2015, in the Sleepy Hollow area north of Wenatchee. The fire quickly burned across the foothills into Wenatchee’s Broadview neighborhood where it destroyed the homes.