Police: Unity man set fire to own home
A Unity man set fire to his home in an unsuccessful attempt to take his own life Sunday evening, state police said.
Todd M. Hogan, 26, of 587 Solomon Temple Road was arraigned Monday before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady on charges of arson and reckless endangerment and was ordered held in the county prison after failing to post $50,000 bond.
Firefighters were summoned to the home at 8:38 p.m. By that time, the blaze was “fairly well involved,” Youngstown Fire Chief Barry Banker said.
The home and an adjacent garage were gutted. Two vehicles inside the garage were destroyed, Banker said.
Simpson said Hogan told police after the fire that he had siphoned gasoline from one of the vehicles parked in the garage and poured it on the trunk of the other vehicle before setting it on fire with a blow torch.
“He admitted to igniting the kitchen and bedroom using the same method,” Simpson wrote in court documents.
Simpson said a neighbor rescued Hogan from the garage.
Hogan was the only one living in the home, according to police reports.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 10 before Mahady.
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