Man admits to setting Montgomery house on fire

Man admits to setting Montgomery house on fire
Fire on Drake Street (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A man has been charged after admitting to setting a home on fire in Montgomery, fire officials said in a news release.

Ronald Chatfield is charged with arson second degree.

Ronald Chatfield is charged with arson second degree.
Ronald Chatfield is charged with arson second degree. (Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)

The charges are related to a fire which took place Tuesday in the 2600 block of Drake Street, located off Mobile Highway. According to Montgomery Fire Department Capt. Jason Cupps, an investigation identified Chatfield as a suspect after fire investigators deemed that the fire had been intentionally set.

Cupps says while on the scene, one of the residents told investigators the husband and wife of the home had been in an argument prior to the fire.

Around 6:45 p.m., MFR was contacted after a person told police he had set a house on fire. The man, identified as Chatfield, was taken into custody for an interview. Chatfield confessed to investigators to starting the fire inside the home by using a lighter to set the sheets of a bed on fire.

Chatfield, who had previous charges with the city of Montgomery, was taken to the city jail. After facing those charges, he will be transported to the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

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