Man lights duplex on fire following argument, police say

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MILLCREEK — A house fire in Millcreek is being investigated as arson, police say.

Around 1:30 a.m. Friday two men got into an argument over a vehicle at a residence near 4000 South and 1368 East, according to Unified Police Lt. Manfred Lassig. One of the men left, returned with another person, then threw gasoline on the duplex and onto the man he had been arguing with. He then lit the duplex on fire, according to Lassig.

The man who had been splashed with gasoline left before the fire started. No injuries were reported.

The man who allegedly started the fire fled. He was wearing jeans and a white tank top. The person who was with him was taken into police custody.

Crews extinguished the fire and the duplex sustained minimal damage.

Both sides of the duplex were occupied, so the man who allegedly started the fire could be investigated for two charges of aggravated arson, Lassig said.

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