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Man arrested for starting a New Britain house fire


A man appeared in Superior Court in New Britain after confessing to starting a fire in a vacant multi-family home in New Britain early Saturday morning, police said.

Fire crews were called to the scene of the fire at 38 Winthrop St. before 5 a.m. Officials said that firefighters were able to knock down the fire several hours later. No one was injured in the fire.

John DiPietro, 40, was interviewed as a part of the investigation of the origin of the fire when he admitted to causing the blaze because the landlord wouldn't rent him a room. After he confessed, police arrested DiPietro.

The owner of the residence told police that he was planning to sell the home and that is why he refused to allow DiPetro to rent a room.

According to arrest papers DiPietro, who told police that he has mental issues, admitted to investigators only about 20 minutes after speaking with them, that he lit some second-floor mattresses with a match at the home right next to his home.

"No one was hurt in the fire, but someone easily could have," said Ellen McLellan who is the assistant state's attorney on Monday. 

DiPietro was charged with first-degree arson and third-degree burglary. He appeared in court on Monday where his bond was lower to $200,000. 

The structure on Winthrop Street is uninhabitable and appears it will have to be taken down.

According to court papers, DiPietro has no living relatives.

Court papers also indicated DiPietro may have stolen mail, cable and electricity from his neighbors before.

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