ATHENS, WI (OnFocus) – A 35-year-old man was arrested at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning after the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a house fire.
Upon arrival, deputies noticed there was no fire but instead they saw a male in the second level of the home breaking windows. The male had barricaded himself upstairs and while deputies made their way inside the residence, the male started a fire upstairs.
After a few minutes of trying to access the barricaded door, the deputies were informed the male had jumped from a second story window to the ground outside.
The home sustained severe damage as a result of the fire and is considered a total loss.
The male was taken into custody and transported to the Marathon County Jail. He will be charged with arson and recklessly endangering safety.
The Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, Athens Fire Department and Hamburg Fire Department all responded to the scene.
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