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Police: Montpelier house fire set by resident

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Police say a house fire in Montpelier Tuesday was intentionally set by a man who lives there.

Charles Stawicki, 50, faces a first-degree arson charge after allegedly setting his home on fire in an attempt to take his own life.

Police and firefighters were called to the home near Elm Street and Route 12 in Montpelier around 11:30 a.m. They say Stawicki was outside the burning building when they arrived. Stawicki was a tenant at the house. They say he was naked, intoxicated and yelling that he wanted to die. Crisis workers from Washington County Mental Health were called in to help and Stawicki was taken into protective custody.

"We arrived on scene, the majority of the fire was in the rear of the building. There was a lone occupant in the building, he was outside at the time. He's been taken into custody by the police," Montpelier Fire Chief Robert Gowans said.

Fire crews from Montpelier, East Montpelier, Berlin and Barre City were called in to help put out the fire. Officials say several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, but there were no other injuries.

The Montpelier Fire Department says the fire is now out. We don't know how the fire was started.

Stawicki was held on $50,000 bail. He's set to be arraigned Wednesday.

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