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'Fresh start' to life ends with homeowner facing arson charge

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A 33-year-old town of Martell man has been criminally charged by the Pierce County district attorney with trying to burn down his house. The fire snuffed itself out but left extensive smoke damage to the inside.

The felony complaint says the man first lied to a state arson investigator and a sheriff's deputy about what happened before finally confessing to the arson. He claimed to be financially strapped and found it hard to make his home mortgage payments.

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