Sterling man charged with arson after fatal fire

Steven W. Coleman – Photo Sterling Police Department

STERLING – A Sterling man is in custody and charged with arson after police say he allegedly started a fire early Monday that killed three.  The Sterling Police Department announced that 40-year-old Steven W. Coleman was taken into custody Thursday and charged with three counts of aggravated arson and one count of residential arson.   Killed in the blaze were 49-year old Carrie Hose, 13-year-old Celina Serrano and her cousin, 8-year-old Shayla Walker.  Two others were hospitalized.  Coleman is currently in the Whiteside County Jail being held on a $1,000,000 bond.