Florida teen accused of setting neighbors’ home on fire while they slept

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A Florida teenager is charged with attempted murder and arson after investigators say he intentionally tried to set a fire in the garage of a neighbor’s home while they were sleeping. 

Deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Friday, March 17, on Stafford Farm Blvd. in Jay for reports of an attempted murder by arson, the sheriff’s office reports. 

Deputies say they spoke with the man living in the home who said he, his wife, daughter and son were all in the home asleep when the fire started. According to an arrest report, the man said his daughter woke him up and alerted him of the fire. He saw the fire in the garage and used a garden hose to put it out.

The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, which investigated the fire, said the fire inside of the garage was intentionally set. 

During the course of the fire investigation, deputies said they were told a teen living nearby was involved in setting the fire. The teen was later identified as 13-year-old Ethan Marsh-Hual. 

In the report, Marsh-Hual and the son who lived in the home knew each other and had problems at school. The report says the two boys were playing video games together all day and riding bikes, but that he could tell the son was getting angry “because his face was getting red”. Marsh-Hual said his mother called him home for dinner around 5 p.m. and he later set his alarm to midnight. 

The report says he set several parts of the home on fire, including a fence, an electrical box, and a screen on a window to the garage. He then walked back to his house and washed his hands and face, according to the report.

Marsh-Hual is charged with attempted premeditated murder, arson, burglary of an occupied dwelling with $1000 worth of damage, and burglary of a vehicle. 

Marsh-Hual was transported to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in Pensacola.

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