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Police arrest man in arson case

Cary Ashby • Dec 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM

WAKEMAN — A man who allegedly started a fire that led to the destruction of a mobile home was arrested and is being held in the Huron County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Troy Carroll Jr. 26, of Wakeman, is charged with aggravated arson, a first-degree felony, and intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony. He was arrested Monday at his mobile home, which is next door to the destroyed property in question, 5810 E. U.S. 20, Lot 44, Wakeman.

“He was cooperative the entire time,” Detective Sgt. Ted Evans said. “Upon his arrest, Mr. Carroll was interviewed by a detective from the sheriff’s office. During the interview, Mr. Carroll made admissions to his role in starting the fire inside the mobile home. The fire resulted in a total loss of the home.”

Evans declined to talk about Carroll’s possible motive but said there likely were “underlying circumstances” that led to the arson. The detective didn’t elaborate.

Carroll’s arrest stems from an Oct. 25 fire in the Firelands Manor Mobile Home Park.

“The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. During the investigation, detectives obtained evidence that linked Mr. Carroll to the fire,” Evans said. “We worked closely with the state fire marshals and they were the ones who determined it was an arson.”

The Wakeman Fire District responded to the scene about 12:10 a.m. Oct. 25. The crew arrived with almost 15 firefighters in three trucks and also received assistance from Florence Township firefighters.

When the Wakeman firefighters arrived, “the trailer was fully involved,” Chief Dave Wilson said. “It was a vacant trailer. A neighbor saw (the fire).”

The blaze started in the middle of the residence, which sustained most of the damage, and eventually destroyed the mobile home. 

“We had it under control within 10 minutes, but we were out there about three hours,” Wilson said shortly after the fire. 

Firefighters spent time pulling ceilings and checking for hot spots.

It’s unknown how long the mobile home had been vacant.

“It’s owned by the park. Somebody had rented it and moved out. There were in the process of cleaning it up and re-renting it,” Evans said.

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