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Police: Suspected arsonist set fires right by his home

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - According to Toledo Police, an east Toledo man confessed to setting two fires right next to his own home.

When flames poured out of 415 Greenwood early Thursday morning, police and fire investigators figured it was suspicious.

By early evening, Toledo's fire and police chiefs revealed Joshua Havermale, 18, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated arson.

They say a witness at the Greenwood fire came forward and pointed out Havermale as the arsonist.

Havermale also got into trouble at the scene.

"A little bit of an attempt on his part to confront this individual at the time and because of his actions at the fire scene, he was actually arrested by the police officers for misconduct at an emergency," explained Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre.

Police say Havermale confessed to the fire and one at 516 Potter late Tuesday night.

A criminal complaint says Havermale used lighter fluid and an open flame at the Potter home and that another man was inside the home with him.

The Potter St. fire was just a few houses down from Havermale's home, and right next door to Vickie Roberts.

She says it's "scary because it could have caught ... all the other houses."

Investigators will look at other suspected arsons in recent weeks, in case they're related. But for now, this arrest is satisfying.

"This is big for us because every time we roll out the door for something that has been set, there is a great danger for us," Fire Chief Luis Santiago said.

The suspect will be arraigned at the Lucas County Courthouse Friday at 9 a.m.

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