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Teen accused of setting house on fire while victims slept

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JAY, Fla. (WEAR) — Deputies have arrested a 13-year-old for intentionally setting a garage fire at a home in Jay, Fla. Ethan Marsh-Hual admitted he set the fire because he was upset with a child who lived in the home, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office (SRCSO).

According to an arrest report, Marsh-Hual stated he and the child had a contentious friendship, which resulted in problems with each other at school. The day before the fire, Marsh-Hual said he and the child hung out all day playing video games and riding bikes, according to the report.

After going home to eat dinner, Marsh-Hual told authorities he went home and set his clock for midnight, the report states. When the alarm went off, he set several places around the home on fire, according to the arrest report. He then walked back to his house, washed his hands and face and went to bed, according to the arrest report.

Deputies spoke to the man who lived at the home, who said his family was asleep when the fire started, according to the report. After being awakened by his daughter, he smelled what he thought to be smoke and found the garage on fire when he went to investigate, the report states.

He grabbed a fire extinguisher, used it until it ran out, then ran to get a garden hose and put the fire out, according to the report. Marsh-Hual was charged with felony charges of attempted premeditated murder, arson, burglary of an occupied dwelling with $1,000 worth of damage and burglary of a vehicle. He was taken to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in Pensacola.

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