Greensburg man accused of setting fire in woman’s apartment | TribLIVE.com
Westmoreland

Greensburg man accused of setting fire in woman’s apartment

Paul Peirce
1400534_web1_FireBack

Greensburg Police have an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man acccused of intentionally lighting a pair of jeans on fire inside woman’s closet after an argument early Dec. 2.

In addition to arson, Timothy J. Rosenberry of Greensburg is charged with reckless endangerment, criminal attempt and risking a catastrophe.

Police Lt. Jason Gain reported the 3:30 a.m. blaze caused more than $5,000 damage inside the apartment at Concord Ave. rear and was extinguished by the resident of the apartment, Carleyann Hill, prior to the arrival of firefighters.

Hill reported that she and Rosenberry had been bowling earlier, returned to her apartment and got into an argument. She told police she recalled seeing Rosenberry leave before falling asleep.

She told Gain that she was awakened a short time later by the fire alarm and saw fire and smoke coming from inside a closet.

“Hill ran into the living room-kitchen area and grabbed the fire extinguisher off the wall. She took the extinguisher to the closet, spraying it on the upper part where the burning clothes were hanging,” Gain reported in court documents.

She then telephoned 911 and waited for firemen to arrive.

In an interview with Rosenberry, Gain said that after the argument he said “he was digging through the closet to collect clothing … and he had a cigarette in his mouth that fell out somewhere in the closet.”

According to court documents, Rosenberry said that after the fire alarm went off, he saw Hill in the kitchen “on the phone and frantic,” but did not know if she knew he was still there.

Rosenberry said when he heard the fire sirens approaching, “he left the area because he had arrest warrants.”

No injuries were reported.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Local | Westmoreland
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.