Draper Man Faces Arson Charge

Draper Man Faces Arson Charge

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Draper man who allegedly started a fire and then claimed to be a hero for rescuing his family -- is now facing a federal arson charge.

38-year-old Michael Wayne Wold is accused of starting a blaze in his family apartment back in November.

Wold allegedly began the blaze then jumped from a window and began catching his wife, two young children and the family dog as they dropped down.

Fire investigators later learned the fire was arson.

Officials say that's when Wold admitted to setting it.

Yesterday, a state arson charge was dismissed in court against Wold to allow for the federal prosecution, which carries harsher penalties.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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