Sunday, December 19, 2010


Pittsburgh, PA (SafeCITY) - Leonard Spagnolo, a 33-year-old Pennsylvania man was jailed after he nearly burned down his house while trying to burn pictures of an ex-girlfriend.

According to Pittsburgh Police, Spagnolo set his bedroom on fire after building a campfire on the carpeted floor for the purpose of burning old photographs and other keepsakes from a previous girlfriend.

Investigators say Spagnolo came up with the idea after quarreling with his current girlfriend.

Spagnolo told police that he started the fire to show his girlfriend how much he cared for her after he had allegedly shoved his girlfriend against a wall. His girlfriend was asleep in the room when the fire began.

The fire was contained in the bedroom and both Spagnolo and his girlfriend made it out of the home without injury.

Spagnolo was booked into the Allegheny County Jail on two counts of arson, simple assault, reckless endangerment and causing or risking catastrophe.

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