Tallahassee man accused of setting fire to home after argument with wife

Published: Jul. 7, 2016 at 11:30 AM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

July 7, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee man is accused of setting his home on fire after an argument with his wife.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says investigators were called to a fire at 2643 Pin Oak Lane in Tallahassee around 4:30 a.m. on June 8.

A detective from the Leon County Sheriff's Office had detained then 37-year-old Charles Martin in connection with the arson by the time investigators arrived.

Authorities say Martin's wife told them that the couple had been in an argument earlier that morning.

She said that she had left and that when she returned, the house was on fire and Martin was walking down the street intoxicated, according to court documents.

Investigators say that Martin told them he lit two candles and suggested that they could have started the fire, but authorities say his statement contradicts their investigation.

State Fire Marshal's Office investigators claim the fire started at four separate locations within the house from an open flame and combustible materials.

Martin has been charged with Arson by the State Fire Marshal. He was booked into the Leon County Jail Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest on June 24.

His bond has been set at $75,000.