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‘Watch this’: Man faces arson charge after morning dispute

Police arrested a California man on arson and reckless endangerment charges after he allegedly set fire to a house early Tuesday morning.

Flames from the blaze reached as high as 12 feet, according to the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.

According to police, Keith Russell Sheldon Mulvey, 48, of Redding, allegedly set a fire in the 4400 block of Barry Avenue and left the scene.

Police responded to the disturbance at 6:32 a.m. on March 22 and later arrested Mulvey near Martin Street and Garden Avenue.

Mulvey allegedly arrived at the residence early in the morning to “spend time” with the homeowner but was asked to leave because a child was present, according to KCSO. Police said an argument ensued and Mulvey allegedly said “watch this.”

A few minutes later the property owner told police they smelled smoke and found flames as high as 12 feet in the back of the residence.

Mulvey was walking away from the blaze and the homeowner used a garden hose to extinguish the flames, which were burning some outdoor items.

The homeowner suffered minor burns. The child at the scene was not injured, according to the sheriff’s Office. Mulvey was booked into Klamath County Jail where he faces arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment charges.