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Man Arrested For Arson Following Weekend Incident
Tuesday Apr 03, 2018 12:13pm
Three Rivers, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(photo courtesy of Google Maps)

(THREE RIVERS) – A weekend fire has landed a Three Rivers man in jail.

Three Rivers Police Chief Tom Bringman says his department was called at 5:30 Saturday morning to assist the Three Rivers Fire Department at the Maple Crest Apartments with a suspicious situation. Officers quickly learned the incident was an arson inside building 1066.

A female resident told police and fire personnel she and other residents were awakened by the building's fire alarm. The women exited her apartment and found a large trash can on fire in the hallway with heavy smoke filling the building. She took the burning trash can outside to prevent any further damage.

Fire fighters put out the blaze in the trash can and helped get the smoke out of the building. They also assisted in making sure everyone was safe.

Bringman says officers interviewed several residents and were able to identify a suspect. Police say the man had tampered with the building's telephone and natural gas supply in a utility room. The suspect then lit a trashcan on fire in the lower hallway and barricaded the building's main entrance.

After conferring with the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, police arrested a 41 year old man and lodged him in the St. Joseph County Jail on a charge of arson of an occupied dwelling. The suspect is being held without bond.

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