Defendant pleads no contest to setting fire that destroyed Tupman house in August

A Taft man was sent to state prison for seven years for starting a fire that destroyed a house in Tupman and damaged a church.

Raymond Mosier was sentenced entered a no contest plea to a felony count of arson of an inhabited structure in Kern County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Three other felony counts were dropped.

Mosier, 46, was ordered to report to Wasco State Prison.

He was arrested by Kern County Fire Department arson investigators on Aug. 11 in Taft, four days after an early morning fire in Tupman.

Firefighters said they were dispatched to the small community at 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 7 and found one house engulfed in flames.

The fire destroyed a house and damaged a church and vehicle.
The Tupman post office was threatened for a time.