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Dover man charged with setting his mobile home on fire

John Joyce
505-5432/@JohnJoyceYD
  • A Dover man is charged with arson after police say he set his trailer on fire when he lost his job.

A Dover man faces charges of arson and causing or risking a catastrophe after he intentionally set his mobile home on fire while drunk Saturday, according to Northern York County Regional Police.

Dustin James Strine, 28, of 106 Honey Locust Circle, is charged with arson, causing or risking a catastrophe, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and public drunkenness. He is being held in York County Prison under a $250,000 secured bond.

According to charging documents, police responded to a structure fire at Strine's address at about 2 p.m. Saturday. Earlier in the day, police handled a dispute between Strine and his father at his father's home on Kimberly Lane, where Strine allegedly shoved his dad, the documents said.

Strine

The documents also said Strine had lost his job earlier that day and was considering checking himself back into rehab because he has been struggling with alcohol for a while.

When police arrived on scene, they found Strine's trailer fully engulfed in flames. At the same time, York County 911 operators relayed to the officers that a witness had seen a man running from the home heading south through the trailer park. The same witness later confirmed he saw Strine running away from the fire with a beer in his hand, the documents said.

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The officers went to 104 Honey Locust Circle, where Strine's grandmother is reported to live. She owns both trailers, the report said.

While one officer tried to make contact with her, another officer yelled out that he'd located Strine in a shed behind the grandmother's trailer, passed out with a beer can on his chest.

Next to Strine sat a red plastic 5-gallon gas can with about a gallon of gasoline left inside. Police also located a blue Bic lighter and a black-and-red lighter stick on the ground near where Strine passed out, the report said.

Strine was taken into custody and read his rights but denied setting the fire, the documents said.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Sept. 9.

— Reach John Joyce at jjoyce2@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD.