Man faces ar­son charges for apart­ment fire

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

BOYERTOWN » Po­lice have charged a Boyertown man they al­lege set fire to his apart­ment build­ing af­ter bar­ri­cad­ing him­self in­side.

Chris­tian Gen­uardi, 43, of Boyertown, is fac­ing charges af­ter po­lice say they re­sponded to a Boyertown apart­ment build­ing for a re­port of a bar­ri­caded man start­ing a fire on Sun­day.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded to Apt. 202 at 131 E. Philadel­phia Ave. at around 6 a.m. on Sept. 2, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause. The caller told po­lice that he was us­ing a fire ex­tin­guisher to put out flames that were com­ing from the door of Gen­uardi’s apart­ment.

Once po­lice ar­rived, Gen­uardi told of­fi­cers that he would not open the door un­less they stood in front of it and he could

see them, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. He re­fused to open the door sev­eral more times be­fore even­tu­ally un­lock­ing it. Po­lice al­lege in the af­fi­davit that Gen­uardi re­sisted their at­tempts to se­cure him in the back of a patrol car while they in­ves­ti­gated. Gen­uardi be­gan kick­ing the win­dows of the po­lice ve­hi­cle once he was placed in­side, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cers learned that emer­gency re­spon­ders had been called ear­lier by Gen­uardi’s mother in or­der to take him to the hospi­tal but that he re­fused to come out of the apart­ment when they ar­rived.

Po­lice in­ter­viewed sev­eral ten­ants who were home at the time. One ten­ant, who made the call to po­lice said he had been in front of Gen­uardi’s apart­ment door when he saw smoke and flames com­ing out of the bottom of his door. He then grabbed the ex­tin­guisher and put out the flames. Not long af­ter, the flames started again and he put them out a sec­ond time. The ten­ant said Gen­uardi re­fused to open the door.

State po­lice were called to the scene to in­ves­ti­gate the fire. Sam­ples from the scene as well as a se­cu­rity sys­tem were taken from the apart­ment. In ad­di­tion, troop­ers found at least two smoke de­tec­tors de­stroyed or taken down from where they were mounted, as well as fire dam­age to the ex­te­rior and in­te­rior apart­ment door, burns on the car­pet and smoke and fumes in­side.

Trooper Janssen Herb, who in­ves­ti­gated the scene of the fire de­ter­mined the fire was in­cen­di­ary and was started by some­one in the apart­ment, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Gen­uardi is be­ing charged with ar­son, caus­ing catas­tro­phe, re­sist­ing ar­rest and sev­eral counts of reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­other per­son.

Au­thor­i­ties said as of Tues­day, he had not yet been ar­raigned.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.