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Hagerstown man admits to arson

Ronald Lee Hoke said he set fire to his neighborâEUR(TM)s mobile home

Ronald Lee Hoke said he set fire to his neighborâEUR(TM)s mobile home

November 30, 1999|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN ? A Hagerstown man admitted that he set fire to his neighbor's mobile home last week after his wife refused to come home from there, a deputy state fire marshal said in charging documents.

Ronald Lee Hoke, 30, of 13612 Lois St., was charged with first-degree arson, according to Washington County District court documents.

Hoke told Deputy State Fire Marshal Michael R. Mattingly that, on Dec. 10, he set a pair of pants on fire, dropped them at the rear of his neighbor's mobile home and returned home to watch television, according to charging documents. Hoke said he did it because he was frustrated and upset that his wife would not come home, and admitted he knew there were four people inside, Mattingly said in his report.

Hoke's neighbor discovered the fire at about 11 p.m. when smoke began to enter the home through the floor, and was able to call for help and spray water on the fire with a garden hose, Mattingly said. No one was injured, and damage was limited to about $1,000, he said.

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Hoke also was charged with three counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment against his neighbor, his neighbor's wife and his neighbor's 10-month-old daughter, all of whom were inside the home at the time of the fire, according to court documents.

Hoke's wife sought refuge at the home because of domestic problems, Hoke's neighbor told Mattingly, according to the report.

Hoke was being held on $100,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center. A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled for Jan. 15.

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