Man rescued after setting fire to home, police say

Lancaster

Police say they rescued a man after he set fire to his Ephrata home Monday morning.

Officers were called to the home on Hoover Drive around 8:30 a.m. for a disturbance between husband and wife. The 911 caller said the 51-year-old man was “lighting things on fire.”

The officers arrived to find smoke inside the home, but the man locked the door and wouldn’t allow police inside. When the officers saw flames, they forced their way in and firefighters were able to remove the man despite the thick smoke. Police said he was hiding in a closet.

Michael T. Matthews was later charged with felony counts of arson, aggravated arson, and causing or risking a catastrophe.

Police said he was undergoing significant medical treatment due to his exposure to the fire.

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