DURHAM — A Rougemont man was charged with arson and attempted homicide after sheriffs deputies say he took a blowtorch to a house in Durham County.
A resident of the unincorporated community of Bahama reported on Tuesday night that someone had just tried to light his house on fire. The man told deputies that he was inside his house on the 11000 block of Wilkins Road when he smelled smoke, according to the Durham County Sheriffs Office.
When the man went outside, he found Connie Huff Blanchard, 65, attempting to ignite a house fire using a blow torch, according to the sheriffs office. The two then fought for control of the blowtorch; after the fight, Blanchard fled while the man tried to put out the fire, the sheriffs office said.
Deputies say they later found Blanchard at his home at 5123 Bahama Road in Rougemont, where he admitted to starting a fire at the mans home. He had sustained two black eyes, among other injuries, the sheriffs office said.
Investigators have learned that the men know one another, according to the sheriffs office, but they havent disclosed a suspected motive.
Blanchard has been charged with first-degree arson and attempted first-degree homicide. He is being held at the Durham County Jail under $1million bail.