Jennings man charged with aggravated arson, burglary

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Jennings man was arrested on Thursday and is facing aggravated arson and burglary charges after he admitted to trying to cause a possible fire at the home of his ex-wife.

Mark Anthony Spitzer, 47, was arrested and placed in the Jennings City Jail with no bond.

The arrest comes after an investigation by police at a residence on North Louise Street.

The owner of the home - Spitzer's former wife - came home from work and smelled natural gas in the residence. She escaped the home, and phoned the police and fire departments.

They both responded, and after entering the home, they found that a gas line had been tampered with and broken, thus spewing gas into the home. They also found that an igniter switch on the stove was left on, which could have caused a fire or an explosion.

The owner of the home told investigators about several problems she was having with her ex-husband. That led investigators to locate and question Spitzer. During questioning, he admitted to burglarizing the residence and opening the gas line to possibly cause the residence to burn.

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