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Sparta Man Charged with Arson After Setting His Home on Fire

Sparta Township

A 76-year-old township man was charged with arson after setting his home on fire Friday morning.

According to police, crews responded to the Maple Tree Lane home shortly after 5 a.m. for a report of a fire. Upon arrival, Michael A. McQuilkin, allegedly told patrol officers that he set his home on fire after not being able to afford repairs.

The fire was placed under control shortly after but the home was left uninhabitable.

McQuilkin was charged with third-degree arson. He was lodged at Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility in lieu of $7,500 bail with a 10-percent option.

No one was injured were reported.