PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh police are searching for a man who allegedly set his girlfriend’s house on fire on purpose.
The fire occurred at a home on Moore Avenue in Knoxville on Saturday.
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Neighbors said they saw large flames shooting out of the house. And now all that’s left is piles of burnt wood. Two cats have died and everything inside is scorched.
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KNOXVILLE FIRE PROBE: Pittsburgh police are searching for Matthew Trapuzzano.
According to the criminal complaint, he is said to have intentionally set fire to his girlfriend’s house.
Unfortunately, two cats have died.
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According to the criminal complaint, the woman who lives in the home called police to report an incident of domestic violence involving her boyfriend, Matthew Trapuzzano.
When officers arrived, they determined there was no violence involved and told her to obtain a restraining order coupled with an eviction order to get Trapuzzano out of the home.
As she left, the woman said she saw Trapuzzano in the front yard with a can of Lysol and a lighter.
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The complaint said a neighbor later saw Trapuzzano trying to set fire to a piece of carpet outside, but was unsuccessful.
Then, around 1:30 p.m., the neighbor came outside and saw that the house was on fire.
A neighbor who asked to remain anonymous said she was surprised this happened so close to her home.
“The smoke was black,” said the neighbor. “The flames were very high. I couldn’t stay in the yard. I had to go back into the house. It was just too much.”
The criminal complaint also said another neighbor saw Trapuzzano standing in the doorway as smoke billowed from the home. That neighbor then saw Trapuzzano walking down the street, the complaint said.
Now officers are trying to find him.
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Police said Trapuzzano faces multiple charges including arson and aggravated animal cruelty.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/03/21/police-looking-for-man-accused-of-setting-girlfriends-home-on-fire/ Police search for man accused of setting fire to friend’s house – CBS Pittsburgh