Lethbridge man charged with arson after garage was set on fire

 Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 35-year-old man with arson following a fire that caused extensive damage to a northside property.

On Sept. 7, 2014 at approximately 6:48 p.m. police responded to a report that a male had set a garage on fire at the rear of a home along the 700 block of 16 Street North. The male fled prior to police arrival but was located and arrested a short time later.

Investigation determined the male had previously been socializing with a female when a verbal altercation ensued and he threated the woman before setting the garage on fire while she was inside it. The victim was able to get out of the garage and was not injured.  The fire destroyed the garage and contents, damaged a neighbouring fence and caused siding on another property across the alley to melt. Total damages are estimated at $65,000.

Clarence Carl Martin is charged with four counts of arson to the property of others and one count each of arson to property knowing it’s inhabited or occupied and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

 Martin was remanded in custody to appear in court Sept. 12.

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