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Incident Report for Case #2014-248631

Incident Type

Arrested Person

Incident Date

08/03/2014 - 12:40 AM


2201 Carling Dr


Matthew A Brooke


Matthew A Brooke


A pile of charcoal briquettes was intentionally set afire inside 2201 Carling Drive on Sunday August 3.  First responders from the Madison Fire Department and the Madison Police Department were dispatched at 12:40 am.  A resident of the building noticed flames entering his apartment at the bottom of his closed door.  The resident was able to quickly extinguish the flames using a trash can filled with water. The building was evacuated by the resident. The blaze caused damage to the apartment door, carpeting in the hallway and smoke damage.  There were no reported injuries.

Through the help of other concerned residents, Madison police officers were able to identify and contact a potential suspect. Arrested and charged with arson was 35 year old Matthew A. Brooke of Madison. Brooke may have been motivated after he became upset with management over the recent eviction of Brooke's friend. Brooke said that he had not specifically targeted the apartment of the resident most directly affected.

Released 08/04/2014 at 10:17 AM by P.O. David Dexheimer

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