A Brainerd man was arrested Monday night for attempted arson and terroristic threats after he allegedly poured gasoline throughout the hallway of his downtown apartment building then attempted to light the carpeting on fire, Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc reported today.
All three upstairs apartments at 612 Front St. were occupied by residents at 6:55 p.m. Monday, the time the man attempted to start the fire, said Bolduc.
"It could have been very tragic," the police chief said.
Bolduc said the man who was arrested lived there, had been drinking and reportedly had an altercation with another adult male in the apartment building before he poured the gasoline through the hallway. A witness from another apartment told police that the man had attempted to light the gasoline with a lighter but was unsuccessful.
The man, who is in his late 40s, is currently being held in Crow Wing County Jail.
The Brainerd Fire Department also responded to the call. Firefighters removed the gasoline-soaked carpeting and ventilated the building.
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