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'Burning down the house'

Scott Seitz2 • Jan 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

A rural Monroeville man faces a number of fire code violations after allegedly burning down an abandoned house on his property Saturday.

Charles R. Williams, 22, of 12309 Patten Tract Road, was charged by the Milan Township fire department with failure to have proper permission for open burn, deliberate or negligent burning, failure to gain approval from local air and water authorities before burning, starting a fire within 50 feet of another structure and failing to attend a burn, according to Milan Township Fire Chief Brian Rospert.

Rospert said Williams could face a $1,000 fine per offense.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said Williams did not burn the house down in an attempt to defraud or for insurance purposes.

A story about this case was published in Thursday's Reflector.

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