Man Sentenced To Jail Time For 2013 House Fire

When a fast-moving fire completely destroyed a west Redding house on February 8th of 2013, owner Candy Kalanowski told us at the scene that she was "suspicious as hell", and she was sure the fire was started by a tenant she had just evicted.  She was wrong.  It was actually 63-year-old Bill Bailey, an acquaintance she had hired to work on the place.  The house at 2250 Butte Street was probably 70 or 80 years old, built with lap and plaster interior walls and framed with wood timbers that went up in smoke quickly.  Bailey torched the house in the hopes that Kalanowski would share the insurance payoff with him.  He tried to convince her to reward him $2000 for "doing her a favor" and burning her rental house down.  She at first agreed but then turned him in and captured a confession on a hidden tape recorder.  Bailey was arrested 3 months later and pleaded "no contest" on Thursday.  He'll serve 6 months in jail and be on probation for 3 years.  He'll also have to pay full restitution.