Ross police Friday arrested a man they said torched his house Friday morning because he was distraught over a protection-from-abuse order served on him Thursday night, filed by his estranged wife.
Detectives charged Thomas Bour, of Rochester Road, with burning down his house at about 7:20 a.m.
Sgt. Benjamin Dripps said officers served the protection order on Mr. Bour on Thursday night without incident.
Police and firefighters responded Friday morning to reports of a fire at the home about 7:40 a.m.
While they were still on the scene about 9 a.m., Sgt. Dripps said, Mr. Bour arrived. Detectives questioned him at their station, and he admitted that he lighted the house on fire using a propane torch after dousing it with gas he bought at a nearby station.
The North Hills middle school complex went on modified alert Friday morning because a witness reported seeing someone fleeing the scene on an all-terrain vehicle and heading into the woods near the school, but police said they were unable to determine who that was.
Mr. Bour told officers he had called his wife to discuss their marriage. When he didn't get an answer, he drove to her place of employment on Perry Highway in Ross, then left and drove to the scene of the fire.
No one was injured in the blaze.
Mr. Bour was being held Friday in the Allegheny County Jail.
First Published September 5, 2014 9:23 AM