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St. Louis man charged with arson

St. Louis man charged with arson

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ST. LOUIS • A man police say was upset with his girlfriend and injured when he couldn't put out a fire he set at their apartment early Monday was charged today with second-degree arson.

Jeffrey Shane, 42, of the 3500 block of Roger Place, was being treated in a hospital's intensive care unit after suffering smoke inhalation at his apartment, police say. The fire started at about 12:30 a.m.

The woman escaped injury.

Shane had been upset with his girlfriend, 46, and set the fire but couldn't put it out, police say. When firefighters arrived, they rescued the man by pulling him through the window, said Fire Capt. Dan Sutter. Firefighters quickly put out the fire, which was contained to one apartment.

Shane was charged with second-degree arson. His cash bail was set at $10,000 but he has not yet been taken to jail.

Court documents say that a witness told police Shane had shown her what she believed to be Molotov cocktails the day before and mentioned that he would burn the apartment.  The girlfriend told police that the two had been arguing and police were called to the apartment to diffuse the argument, and that she requested that officers take her to a nearby diner to diffuse the situation.  A short time later, a neighbor called the girlfriend and told her Shane had burned the apartment.

Police said the entire apartment was black with soot and a bed, box spring and couch were heavily damaged by the fire.  Shane admitted to police at the hospital that he had tried to burn the apartment because he was angry with his girlfriend, court documents say. 

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