A Warren County man was charged Sunday with attempting to set his own house on fire.
Rhett Bohling, 33, of 76 Indian Pikes Road, Linden, is facing one count of arson of an occupied dwelling. He is being held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond and is due in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on July 1.
According to Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico, the fire was reported just before 10 p.m. Saturday. Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived with three units to surround the house, Lt. Stephen Collins said.
The smoke detectors were going off, and heavy smoke was coming out the windows and front door when deputies arrived, Deputy A.W. Stevens wrote in a criminal complaint.
Bohling threw a burning flag and a blanket outside the building, then quickly complied with the order to get out of the house, Collins said.
There wasn't any indication that Bohling had any weapons, Collins said, nor did he threaten violence.
Deputies found the house full of smoke but there were no flames, Stevens wrote in the complaint. Bohling was the lone occupant of the house, Stevens wrote.
Broken furniture and glass made it difficult to walk through the living room, dining room and kitchen, Stevens wrote. Household items piled in the living room were burning. Additional items near the front door also had been burned, Stevens wrote. A blue butane-type lighter was found on the floor of the living room, Stevens wrote.
The fires were determined not to be accidental, Maiatico said. There were no additional fires at the structure, and Bohling needed no medical treatment after being evaluated at the scene, Maiatico said.
Collins said it's illegal to set a residence on fire — even if it's your own house — in part, to prevent people from fraudulently making an insurance claim. It wasn't clear what Bohling's intentions were in setting the fire, Collins said.