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Man admits to lighting his house on fire, tells deputies voices told him to do it

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Jun 18, 2020

GRAND JUNCTION, Mich. — A man is in custody on unrelated charges after admitting to deputies he set his house on fire because voices and spirits told him to do so.

When deputies got to the fire on Summit Drive in Grand Junction around 10:30 Tuesday, they found the 61-year-old man sitting on his front porch naked and wrapped in a blanket.

He told deputies he was hearing voices that told him to get rid of his house. He said he poured accelerant all over his kitchen and lit it on fire.

The Van Buren County Sheriff's Department and the Michigan State Police fire investigation unit called in the Kent County Sheriff's Department's K9 unit to help.

Deputy Dekorte and his K9 Ritzey were able to sniff out the accelerant.

The man was taken into custody on an outstanding meth charge.

Deputies are still investigating and ask anyone with information to call the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department.