- Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man charged with setting an apartment fire that spread and caused more than $2 million damage to several buildings in the main business district of a poor Pittsburgh suburb has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning ruled that Thursday after a jail psychiatrist testified that 27-year-old Edward McDonald couldn’t explain the charges against him or why he was in jail. The doctor also says McDonald was “unusually happy and cheerful” after his arrest on arson and other charges in the Jan. 23 fire in Homestead.

Authorities say McDonald told federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents that he set fire to his couch about 4:30 a.m. after hearing voices and being depressed for days.

The second-floor apartment fire spread to four other buildings, which were all heavily damaged.

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