A New Haven man is accused of starting a fire on his ex-wife's porch because she would not provide him with $10 on Friday night.
Firefighters were called to a porch fire in the 400 block of Elm Street just after midnight. However, dispatch also received an emergency call from an unidentified man about the same fire.
A woman told police that her ex-husband, Jimmy Singleton, was asking her for money to help him get to New York. However, police said the ex-wife refused to give Singleton the money.
When Singleton left, the ex-wife called police and went outside of her residence to wait for the officers.
However, her porch was on fire when she walked outside. After quickly calling in the porch fire, the woman got her mother out of the home.
No injuries were reported.
When talking with police, the ex-wife received multiple phone calls from Singleton. In one of the messages, police said Singleton admitted to setting the fire.
"It's just going to get worse," Singleton said about what would happen if she did not help him.
Officers located Singleton at Yale-New Haven Hospital where police said "he often used the phones at the emergency department to make his calls."
Singleton was arrested and charged with first-degree arson, reckless burning, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespass.
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