Police: Man sets home on fire with girlfriend, 4 kids inside

Police said a man tried to burn down a home in Muskegon early today, with a woman and her four children inside. The children - ages 5, 11, 14 and 16 - were not hurt, according to the Muskegon Police Department report. Their 30-year-old mother was treated for first-degree burns to her legs at Mercy General Health Partners in Muskegon. The man who police said started the fire was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital with third-degree burns.
Mark Brooky
Apr 12, 2011


Police were dispatched to the report of a house fire at 773 Marcoux Ave. at 12:17 a.m. today. Upon arrival, officers found the woman and children outside and smoke coming from inside the home.

“Officers were told that a man may still be inside and they entered to find the woman’s boyfriend still inside, attempting to put out the fire,” Muskegon Police Capt. Andrew Olson said. “It was later determined that the man had attempted to burn down the home while his live-in girlfriend and their four children were sleeping.”

Olson said the woman woke up to find the 32-year-old man pouring gasoline from a can around the house, and they began to struggle with the can. During the struggle, gas splashed on both of them.

“The man then ignited the fuel poured in the house, and both he and the woman were also caught on fire,” Olson said.

The incident remain under investigation, Olson said this morning, and charges were pending.


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