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Man Accused of Setting Estranged Wife's Home on Fire

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- A man is behind bars and facing charges after police say an argument erupted and provoked the man to set his estranged wife’s home on fire.

Saturday morning police arrested Clinton Carl Simpson and charged him with domestic assault and arson after they say he set his wife’s back porch on fire with gasoline.

Police tell WSAZ.com Simpson also poured gasoline over the front porch and under the doors of the home before he ran away from the scene. He did not set those areas on fire.

“It was dark and we were looking out,” Jodie Gilbert said referring to her and her 17-year-old daughter Terra, “he was peeping in the window and next thing you know, there was gasoline pouring in the doors.”

Gilbert says after the couple split she packed Simpson's belongings and left them on the back porch and because he was upset about the divorce -- she says he set his clothes on fire!

A neighbor told police they heard Simpson before the fire saying "he was going to burn the house down."

“I just didn’t think he’d go this far,” Gilbert said.

At the time of the fire, Simpson wasn't supposed to be near Gilbert's home because of a domestic violence protective order.

“He has a history of fleeing before officers arrive,” said Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department.

Police said his past caught up to him when he returned to Gilbert’s home hours after he set the fire, which is when officers arrested him.

Gilbert said while Saturday's incident was chaotic she’s relieved to know Simpson is now behind bars saying, “it was really a waste of time trying to give him chances after chances.”

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