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Sundre area man faces arson charges

A Sundre area man faces charges for pouring gasoline on a woman and a house and then trying to set the two on fire.

The woman, 45, escaped uninjured, but the house was severely damaged.

Sundre RCMP were called to a rural residence in the Bearberry area on Hwy 584, northwest of Sundre on Jan. 7 at about 9:30 p.m.

The woman had fled to a neighbouring house for safety and called 911 to report the scary incident.

When police arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames. Investigators said a 43-year-old Sundre man had doused the house and the female resident in gasoline. The house caught fire after gasoline had been thrown on a wood-burning stove.

Police said the man and woman were known to each other.

Derek Littlejohn has been charged with arson endangering the life of others, criminal negligence, assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement and breaching probation.

Littlejohn will appear in Didsbury provincial court on Monday for a bail hearing.

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