Overnight Fire Leads To 2nd Arson Charge For Delaware Man - Fox 2 News Headlines

Overnight Fire Leads To 2nd Arson Charge For Delaware Man

Posted: Updated:
Franklin J. Bartsch Jr., 39, of Townsend (Courtesy: Delaware State Fire Marsha's Office) Franklin J. Bartsch Jr., 39, of Townsend (Courtesy: Delaware State Fire Marsha's Office)
TOWNSEND, Del. -

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says a man has been arrested in connection with an early Wednesday house fire in New Castle County.

The fire started shortly before 1:00 a.m. in the 100 block of McKay's Corner Road in Townsend.

According to the fire marshal's officer, state fire investigators determined the blaze was intentionally started in the home. There was one occupant inside, who escaped unharmed, they said.

Franklin J. Bartsch Jr., 39, of Townsend, was arrested at the scene. He was charged with arson in the first degree and reckless endangering in the first degree.

Authorities said Bartsch was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of a $25,000 secured bond.

There were no injuries. The fire damage was estimated at $1,500, according to police.

Bartsch was previously arrested last month for intentionally starting a fire just before noon on Aug. 8 at a wood mill located in the 100 block of McKay's Corner Road. That fire caused about $2,000 in damage, officials say. Bartsch was charged with arson in the second degree and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • 1 Person Killed in Bethel Township Accident

    1 Person Killed in Bethel Township Accident

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:03:33 GMT
    1 person was killed in an accident in Bethel Township, Delaware County on Monday evening.Initial reports indicate that a vehicle may have hit a tree and overturned. It happened on the 3300 block of Foulk Road around 8:30pm.Foulk Road was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash scene.Stay with Fox 29 News for updates.
    1 person was killed in an accident in Bethel Township, Delaware County on Monday evening.Initial reports indicate that a vehicle may have hit a tree and overturned. It happened on the 3300 block of Foulk Road around 8:30pm.Foulk Road was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash scene.Stay with Fox 29 News for updates.
  • Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:23:09 GMT
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
  • Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:42:38 GMT
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices