A Franklin County man accused of setting fire to his own home following a domestic dispute is in jail on multiple felony charges, authorities said.
James A. Brumgard Jr., 46, Lonedell, is being held on a $30,000 bond in the case.
Brumgard is charged with first-degree arson, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
St. Clair firefighters were dispatched about 10:55 p.m. Tuesday to Brumgard’s home at 2652 Rockford School Road in southeast Franklin County and when they arrived they discovered that a small fire had been set in the bedroom of the one-story home, according to reports.
The fire was quickly extinguished. Damage was limited to the bedroom, but there also was light smoke damage in the rest of the house.
No one was injured.
Detective Lt. Chuck Subke of the sheriff’s office said deputies were sent to the scene after firefighters reported that family members said Brumgard had fled into the woods with several guns after setting the fire and threatening to kill his family.
There were four other people, including Brumgard’s wife and children, in the home at the time.
A daughter reportedly saw an orange glow and smoke in the bedroom and alerted others of the fire.
Subke said a search was mounted for Brumgard, but the suspect was not located.
The next morning, the sheriff’s office received information that Brumgard had returned to the house and he was taken into custody, Subke said.