Man facing arson charge after allegedly setting fire to mother’s home

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A man is facing an arson charge after allegedly setting fire to his mother’s former home.

Mishawaka Police were dispatched to the 2700 block of Normandy Drive on February 8 on reports of a man breaking windows in a house.

ABC 57 News reports police found Frank Gonzales at the scene, who told the officers someone in the attic was flicking a lighter at him.

Police noticed smoke coming from around the chimney and from vents under the roof. Inside, officers found burning insulation, ash and black smoke in the attic space.

Officers attempted to confront Gonzales about the fire, but he resisted. He was eventually placed in handcuffs, where officers found two lighters in his pocket.

Police later learned the home belonged to Gonzales’ mother, who said she and her husband had recently moved out.

Gonzales is facing charges of Arson, Resisting Law Enforcement and Criminal Mischief.

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