UNITY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A Westmoreland County man is in jail after he set fire to his home Sunday night.
The house, a garage and two cars that were inside are a total loss.
According to officials at the scene, the fire started in the 500-block of Solomon Temple Road in Unity Township around 8:30 p.m.
State Police had to hold firefighters back for about five minutes.
Mackenz Bures video recorded the fire.
“There was a plume of smoke flying out the top of the roof. All the windows were broken. The garage caught on fire first. It was kind of scary for me because I never experienced that before,” she said.
Larry Wilson lives across the street from the fire.
He said all he heard were popping noises and then he saw the flames. Wilson said the home is owned by Todd Hogan.
Hogan was charged with arson and recklessly endangering another person after police claim he intentionally set the fire.
Wilson said he believes Hogan may have been upset after an argument with his girlfriend on Sunday.
“Something was going on yesterday. They were out in the yard and then when they left, they were screaming, yelling and fighting,” Wilson said.
Wilson said he saw Hogan on the front porch of the home and he had burns on his arms. Hogan’s dog was able to escape unharmed.
Hogan is being held on $50,000 bond.
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