SOUTH BEND — Police say an argument between roommates in a group home led one of the men to set the building on fire.
The fire took place at a small, yellow, ranch-style home in the 1000 block of East Byron Street just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the windows and one of the bedrooms fully engulfed.
Both men living in the home, which is operated as an assisted living home by Partners in Opportunities, were able to escape without injuries.
Police arrested a 32-year-old man who lived in the home and accused him of arson. He allegedly set his bedroom on fire after becoming upset at his roommate.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it could spread from the bedroom, but not before an estimated $15,000 in damage was done to the building.
Jeff Kinder, a service administrator for Partners in Opportunities, said only two men lived in the house and the second man has been relocated. He said there are plans to restore the home, but the organization will probably not move residents back in.
As of Monday afternoon, the 32-year-old man remained in the St. Joseph County Jail but had not yet been formally charged with a crime.
Staff writer Dave Stephens: