A Fort Atkinson man faces five counts of attempted homicide for throwing a lit container that started a fire that destroyed a Janesville house, police said.
The fire happened about 5:45 a.m. Thursday at 220 S. Franklin St. All five residents were able to escape the building before it was engulfed in flames, Janesville police Lt. Charles Aagaard said.
Witnesses told investigators that a man was seen throwing a lit container at the front of the house and then fleeing, and two witnesses identified the suspect as Jacob M. Piper, 30.
With the help of Fort Atkinson police, Piper was arrested about 3 p.m. Thursday on tentative charges of five counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and one count of arson, Aagaard said.
Piper was being held at the Rock County Jail awaiting court proceedings.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Janesville Police Department at 608-757-2244, CrimeStoppers at 608-756-3636, or submit an anonymous tip using the P3 app.
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