MEADE TOWNSHIP, MI – This morning, Tuesday October 20th, 2020, at 9:33AM, Huron County Central Dispatch received a call from a 29-year-old woman who lived at 106 W. Filion Rd. in Meade Township concerning her suicidal boyfriend and him setting their home on fire.
She told 911 dispatch that her boyfriend was suicidal and attempting to set the house on fire that they were living in. She told the dispatcher that she was also injured with burns to her hands and leg.
Huron County Sheriff Deputies fortunately within 10 miles of the scene and quick to respond. They arrived to find fire coming from the house and that the 35-year-old boyfriend had fled the scene on foot. More personnel from Sheriff’s Department, including the Sheriff and Under Sheriff, as well as a Conservation Officer, Kinde Fire, Bad Axe Fire and Huron Central Ambulance responded.
The female caller was treated for burns at the scene and initially refused further treatment by going to a local hospital. She stated that she might seek further treatment at a later time.
A ground search was conducted for the suspect while firefighters fought the flames erupting from the home.
Shortly after 11:30PM, the suspect was found wet and way underdressed for the weather about a half mile north of and a half mile west of Filion near a woods. He was taken into custody without further incident and then taken to McLaren Thumb to be medically cleared. From there he was lodged in the Huron County Jail on felony arson charges. He is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.
He is expected to face formal charges on Wednesday October 21st. He is facing charges of arson and may face further charges that have not yet been determined.
Firefighters began clearing the scene after 12:00. The rental home that the two had moved into not long ago was heavily damaged, likely a total loss.
This investigation will continue.
Other agencies responding to assist were the Huron County Road Commission and a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office K9.