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Prison for Dover Twp. man who torched his mobile home

Liz Evans Scolforo

A Dover Township man who told police he torched his mobile home because his medical bills and taxes had been piling up for years must serve more prison time.

Keith Allen Izer, 49, pleaded guilty Tuesday in York County Court to a first-degree felony charge of arson. As part of his negotiated plea agreement, lesser charges against him were dismissed, court records state.

Police said Keith Izer told them he torched his mobile home after medical bills and taxes piled up for years.
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He was sentenced to a year minus a day to two years minus two days in county prison, plus three years of probation, and he was ordered to pay more than $7,300 in restitution, records state.

Izer received credit for time served. He's been in York County Prison since July 1, according to prison records.

As part of his sentence, Izer must undergo a mental-health evaluation and comply with any recommended counseling or treatment, court records state.

His attorney, first assistant public defender Clasina Houtman, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The blaze: Fire destroyed Izer's trailer at 3051 Claremont Road on July 1, Northern York County Regional Police have said.

Izer told officers he'd "had enough" and didn't want to sell the property, court documents stated.

Dover Township Deputy Fire Chief Brian Widmayer said the mobile home was destroyed and that heat and flames damaged siding on two adjacent houses. He estimated total structural damage for all three homes at $30,000. The residents of the two adjacent houses weren't displaced, he said.

Keith Izer

When firefighters arrived at Izer's home about 2:30 a.m., the trailer was fully engulfed in flames, Widmayer said.

Thousands of explosions: Arriving officers heard thousands of rounds of ammunition exploding inside, according to court documents, which state Izer "was nowhere to be found."

Firefighters mounted an exterior attack on the trailer and had the blaze under control in five to 10 minutes, Widmayer said.

"We basically extinguished the home and cooled the other homes down," he said. "There wasn't much we could do."

No one was hurt, he said.

Police: Dover Twp. man with money woes torched his home

While police officers were trying to track down Izer to tell him his house was burning, they were notified by York County 911 that Izer was at a nearby Turkey Hill Minit Market in Dover Township, court documents state.

A clerk there called 911 to say Izer was at the store and "wanted to turn himself in after burning his house down," documents state.

Financial woes: Officers interviewed Izer, who confessed to the arson and said he'd been having financial troubles, according to police.

Keith Izer pleaded guilty to arson for torching his Dover Township mobile home on July 1, 2016.
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Izer said he had no health insurance and couldn't afford any, and that his medical bills had been "piling up," documents state. Izer also said he was several years in arrears on his property tax and that his water, phone and natural gas service had been shut off for nonpayment, according to the documents.

Izer said he crumpled some papers, placed them in the bedroom and living room addition, used a lighter to start the fire in his bedroom first, then lit the papers in the living room, police said. Izer said he also poured gasoline on his couch, documents state.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.