Franklin County authorities said the fire that destroyed an SUV in Union Tuesday has been confirmed as an arson.
Jon P. Bergman, 33, Union, is charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with knowingly burning or exploding, a felony.
According to Union police, Bergman was caught on two surveillance cameras approaching a 1985 Ford Bronco parked at Mulberry and Cherry streets about 3:30 a.m., and then throwing something into the passenger side of the vehicle.
Franklin County Arson Investigator Jim Schuhmacher said the fire began in the passenger side of the SUV. He said there were no “ignitable liquids” used to start the fire.
“The ignition source had to be introduced,” said Schuhmacher. “The suspect would have had to bring the ignition source with him.”
The car was parked near the First Presbyterian Church of Union, which is near both the owner’s and suspect’s home.
The owner of the vehicle, Harlin Krohne, 23, was arrested on a Franklin County warrant for failure to appear and assaulting a law enforcement officer, Union police said.
Bergman was released from the Franklin County Jail on bond.