A man attempted to avoid arrest by setting his Sherman Heights home on fire from the inside, according to police.
Officers with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) went to the home located in the 140 block of 22nd Street Monday night to arrest a man who violated a probation warrant, SDPD Lt. Andra Brown said.
The department said the officers had a strategy in place to take the man into custody before he got up on the roof of the home, which police say he has done before.
Before the suspect could be arrested, the home was set on fire at about 10:15 p.m., Brown said. Police believe the man set the home on fire to avoid arrest.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) firefighters responded to the scene and were fighting flames inside the home as late as 11 p.m.
Contents of the home were damaged but the one-story home received no structural damage, SDFD said. A hole had to be cut out of the roof so firefighters could fight the fire.
SDPD said that officers were able to get the man out of the home safely. He was treated for smoke inhalation and take him into custody. No officers were injured.
The suspect faces arson charges as well as charges for probation violations.
No other information was available.
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