Arson suspect says fire ‘calms’ him

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INDIANAPOLIS – A man accused of arson told investigators that fire “calms” him and admitted he had “a problem with fire.”

According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officers were dispatched Tuesday morning to the 3200 block of Dogwood Circle to investigate reports of a fire in the area. Pike firefighters met police at the scene, showing them a patch of grass that had been burned along with several items including trash, a beverage can and paper.

Firefighters directed police to Justin Montgomery, 25, Indianapolis.

“It calms me,” Montgomery told officers. “Setting things on fire, I do it often.” According to the report, Montgomery said he comes to the location and lights things on fire while he smokes.

A witness had called police after seeing a fire and his wife called 911. According to that witness, Montgomery said, “I have a problem with fire.” The witness used a fire extinguisher to put it out, the report said.

Montgomery was arrested on an arson charge.

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