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Man sent for evaluation after allegedly setting Grand Rapids fire

Man sent for evaluation after allegedly setting Grand Rapids fire

Created: July 29, 2020 10:30 AM

Grand Rapids Police say a man was sent to a hospital for an evaluation after allegedly telling officers that he had set a home on fire and wanted to die.

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The incident began just after 10:30 Tuesday evening at a home on Diane Lane.

Officers arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the home and made contact with the man, who refused to come out. At one point, an officer grabbed the man's arm through an open window, but he was able to break away.

Firefighters then entered the home safely and escorted the man out. Police say he fought with officers and had to be restrained.

The man was taken by ambulance to Grand Itasca Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The State Fire Marshal's office will assist the Grand Rapids Fire Department in investigating the arson fire.

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