Lancaster County landlord charged for starting fire in apartment building, police say

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM)– A landlord in Lancaster County is facing arson and other charges after police say he started a fire Saturday morning inside an apartment building he rents out.

According to West Earl Township Police, Ronald Frisbie III, 28, of Akron, is charged with felony counts of arson, burglary and misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Police were called to the apartment, located at 312 S 10th Street in Akron, for a civil issue between Frisbie and tenants. Police say Frisbie was unhappy about a washer and dryer machine that was allegedly broken by the tenants.

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Just minutes after police originally cleared the scene around 2:40 a.m., they were called back for an arson report, a news release states.

Officers hurried back to the scene and discovered that Frisbie lit a cardboard box on fire in the apartment of the tenants which filled it with smoke. A witness was able to put the fire out before the arrival of the fire company and the box was put outside.

The Akron Fire Department did respond to make sure the fire was extinguished and to help air out the apartment.

Police say Frisbie was able to get into the tenants apartment by using a code to a keypad door lock.

Frisbie was arrested and transported back to the police station to be fingerprinted and photographed. He is currently locked up in Lancaster County Prison unable to post his bail that was set at $75,000.

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 26.

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