- Associated Press - Thursday, August 23, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City man has been charged with starting a house fire that injured his father and estranged wife.

Thirty-seven-year-old Brandon West was charged Wednesday in Clay County with first-degree arson in the Tuesday night fire. Bond is set at $100,000. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Court records say West’s father told police that he walked out to the garage after hearing a bang and found West pouring gasoline onto the floor. The father said West started ranting about his estranged wife and current girlfriend before he used a match on the gasoline. Carpeting also was set on fire.

West’s wife was trapped in an upstairs bedroom as the fire spread. Neighbors helped her escape through a window.

Two dogs died in the fire.



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