The State Fire Marshal’s office has arrested a Princeton man and charged him with arson after he allegedly set fire to his friend’s home in Hampden on Monday night, destroying the house.
Mark Roussel, 35, was arrested Wednesday, and he made his initial court appearance Friday.
On the night of the fire, Roussel was in the house at 394 Main Road South with his friend, who was renting the house, and her daughter. Roussel often stayed at the home when he was in the area for work, according to police.
Around 9 p.m. Monday, a neighbor’s surveillance camera facing the house caught a man believed to be Roussel on the porch, according to court documents. The video next showed a flickering light — as if someone struck a match or flicked on a lighter — and the man walking to the garage door, where the fire appeared to have originated.
The man can be seen bending over the garage door before walking back to the porch and tossing a flaming object toward the garage, according to court documents. He then walked back into the house.
Within seconds, the camera caught visible flames coming from the garage, according to the court documents.
Police continue to investigate the incident.