Man allegedly sets house on fire with uncle asleep inside
An Akiachak man’s nephew allegedly set his house on fire on Friday while the man was still asleep inside, Alaska State Troopers say.
Troopers were alerted to the fire at 8:05 a.m. The fire was started by 19-year-old John Nick Jr., according to an online dispatch.
Nick and his uncle, 57-year-old George Manutoli, were reportedly arguing about a cigarette prior to the fire, according to troopers. Roughly 30 minutes later, Nick returned to his uncle’s house with a gas can and set the home’s entryway on fire. Manutoli was sleeping inside when the fire was set.
Troopers arrested Nick and charged him with first- and second-degree arson and third-degree criminal mischief. He is being held on a $15,000 bail at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.
Akiachak is located northeast of Bethel in western Alaska.
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