Arrest made for arson at Dollar Tree store in New Castle, Del.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

NEW CASTLE, Del. -- Authorities say a 58-year-old Delaware man faces criminal charges stemming from a fire that did hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to a store.

The state Fire Marshal's office said in a statement that Timothy M. McDowell of Bear was arrested Saturday on charges of arson and reckless endangering.

The charges stem from a fire that officials say was deliberately set at a Dollar Tree in New Castle on Friday. It did a reported $800,000 in damage. reported Friday that it was the store's second fire this year. It had reopened only last week after being damaged in a January fire.

The state news release did not explain what may have motivated the alleged arson or say where McDowell was booked or if he has a lawyer.


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