One person arrested in morning blaze in Port Charlotte

CREATED Jan. 10, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 10, 2014

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -  Detectives arrested a Port Charlotte man earlier today on charges he set fire to the house from which he was soon to be evicted while another man was asleep inside the house.

Bystanders called in the blaze in the 3300 block of Middle Town Street in Port Charlotte.


When fire crews arrived, they found the home’s two residents, one of whom was identified as 32-year old Matthew Hunter outside the house.

After the fire was under control, Fire Department officials notified deputies that the fire was suspicious in nature. 

Deputies located two tote bags and a back pack near a neighbor’s house that appeared to belong to one of the residents at the scene of the fire.

Detectives learned that Hunter and the other man were being evicted from the house by the homeowner, although the other man was being allowed to stay longer than Hunter.
The other man said that Hunter was angry over being evicted and about the argument with the previous third tenant.  He said he was awakened by Hunter, who told him the house was on fire.

At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives arrested Hunter on charges of Arson of an Occupied Dwelling and two counts of Possession of a Destructive Device.