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Greenville man charged with torching own home

Submitted Tue, 02/18/2014 - 9:42am by Andy Alm

A Greenville man has been charged with two counts of arson for torching the home he lived in in West Salem Township.  19 year old Seth R. Zarecky was arrested Saturday on charges filed by Greenville-West Salem Township police, police said. Zarecky was living at 186 Clarksville St. when it burned to the ground Tuesday.

He told police he started the fire in the basement after he had retrieved some belongings from the house, according to police.

Zarecky was charged under two subsections of the arson statute: for causing danger of death or bodily injury, most likely to firefighters; and intending to collect insurance.  He was arraigned and placed in the Mercer County jail after failing to post bond.