- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A 55-year-old man has been charged with arson on accusations he set fire to four vacant houses in Detroit within a few minutes.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says two of the fires spread to neighboring occupied houses. No injuries were reported in the fires near Detroit’s northern city limit.

Worthy spokeswoman Maria Miller says Gary P. Lewis was arraigned Tuesday in Detroit District Court on six counts of arson. Bond was set at $500,000.

His preliminary examination is scheduled March 17. Lewis is expected to get a court-appointed lawyer.

Miller says the fires all were reported between 11:15 a.m. and 11:52 a.m. Sunday.

Fire Lt. Dennis Richardson says he and another Detroit arson investigator got a tip from area residents and chased down the suspect.

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