DOVER, N.H. (WHDH) -
A Dover, N.H. teen has been charged with arson after a home caught on fire with a mother and four children inside.
Shawn Hoyt, 19, was arrested a few hours after officials responded to a fire at a single-family home. The fire occurred at around 9:00 Tuesday night, starting in the attached garage and extending into the home.
According to police, Hoyt was in the area, which was how officials were able to apprehend him so quickly.
"The subject was located in the area by one of our detectives, and proceeded from there and we were able to gather enough evidence to charge him with arson," said Lt. Brant Dolleman of the Dover Police Department.
A neighbor claims she saw the suspect at the fire scene.
"You have to be sick. You have to be sick to be--whatever the word is--where you would commit fire but standing here watching it burn. He was standing here watching it burn," said Jade Caines.
The occupants were able to escape the house. No injuries were reported and the house sustained significant damage. The family has been displaced.
Hoyt has been charged with arson, a Class A felony.
Hoyt was initially held on $5,000 cash bail and was arraigned in Dover District Court on Wednesday, where the judge set his bail at $100,000 cash. Prosecutors requested a psychiatric evaluation.
Police are also looking into at least six unsolved fires in the area. If anybody has any information, they are asked to contact Dover Police.
Thursday, August 21 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:56:56 GMT
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