Darke County man accused of setting fire to house with woman inside

A Darke County man is accused of setting fire to a house with a woman inside following an argument.

Gregory L. Armstrong, 65, was arraigned Tuesday in Darke County Common Pleas Court for one count of arson.

According to court documents, at 8:46 p.m. Sunday a fire was reported at a home in the 5000 block of Delisle Fourman Road in Neave Twp.

Darke County deputies, along with New Madison Fire and Arcanum Rescued responded to the home. A woman who called 911said that her husband, Armstrong, started the fire, documents said.

The woman told investigators that in an argument he threatened to kill her so she barricaded herself in her bedroom.

According to the affidavit, the woman said that Armstrong said if she wouldn’t come out that he would make her come out, after which she smelled smoke from outside the bedroom door and the smoke alarm started going off.

The woman said that she opened the door just enough for her to get out, ran outside and called 911.

Deputies said that they saw fires at the front door and on the hallway floor next to the woman’s bedroom. They saw that the glass stovetop was broken, with the element exposed, which was on and set to high.

Investigators then spoke to Armstrong, who admitted to starting the fires and said “he could burn his house if he wants to,” court documents said.

No attorney is listed for Armstrong, who is held on $75,000 bail in the Darke County Jail.

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