A Keystone Heights man has been arrested for allegedly setting his own trailer home on fire, deputies said. He was arrested on the charge of arson in the second degree.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene at approximately 2:18 a.m. in reference to a house fire. Upon arrival, they observed the residence almost entirely engulfed in flames, the arrest report said.
Deputies spoke with the reporting party who advised the home, located at the 5000 block of Hillridge Road in Keystone Heights, belonged to Timothy Harp, 63, but he was not at the residence.
They told deputies that they saw someone driving a vehicle away from the home, though they did not specifically observe the person to be Harp. Shortly after watching the vehicle leave, the witnesses heard loud “popping” and saw the home was on fire and they called for help, the report said.
After speaking with the witnesses, deputies left the scene of the fire and went to Harp’s mother’s home. She let them in and advised that Harp was in the shower.
Deputies knocked on the bathroom door and Harp stepped out of the shower. He had been in the shower with all of his clothing still on, except for his shoes, the report said.
When asked if he was okay and what happened to his trailer, Harp gave a statement that has been redacted from the arrest report..
Harp told deputies he understood his rights and did not want to answer any questions.
He was placed under arrest for the offense of arson in the second degree, a Level 2 felony. Harp was transported to Clay County Jail and his bond is set at $75,003.