A 40-year-old man from Adams, Nebraska, who was found with burn marks on his face has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree arson following a Lincoln house fire.
The fire occurred Thursday at a home southwest of 84th and O Streets, according to a Lincoln police report. A woman who lives at the house told police that she had been going through a breakup and was being harassed by her ex-boyfriend.
A witness told police that they noticed a Chevrolet Traverse arrive at the home and park in the driveway after the woman left for work. A man got out and disappeared around the back of the home for a short time before driving away.
The witness then heard an explosion and saw the house on fire. A fire investigator determined there were five separate points of origin for the fire that were consistent with arson, the report said.
Police learned that the woman’s ex-boyfriend drove a Chevrolet Traverse and that he matched the description provided by the witness.
Officers interviewed the man at his home in Adams. They noticed that he had singed eyebrows as well as burns on his nose and forehead.
The man denied being involved in the arson and claimed his injuries were from improperly using Nair hair removal.