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Man set wife's clothes on fire because she was snoring, police say

By McKenzie Romero | Posted - Mar 29th, 2013 @ 9:11am

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was charged Thursday with setting fire to his wife's clothing because he was upset about her snoring.

Bryce Ray Whitaker, 60, was charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated arson, a first-degree felony.

Whitaker told police he and his wife had been arguing Sunday about "her snoring and her stuff." When his wife went to take a nap, he lit a pair of her pants and a box on fire, the charges state. When the fire got out of control, he roused his wife, who was sleeping in the basement.

Police responded to Whitaker's home at 828 S. Park Street to investigate the fire, determining it began in the northwest corner of the home. Whitaker told police he used the gas stove to light a long tapered candle, then ignited the blaze.

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