YADKINVILLE, N.C. — Authorities say a North Carolina man who’s accused of trying to set an occupied mobile home on fire with a “Molotov Cocktail” has been arrested.

News outlets report that 41-year-old Matthew Franklin Ward and an accomplice drove to Yadkinville after a family dispute escalated.

A Yadkinville police news release says Ward used an improvised incendiary device that was made with a bottle and combustible liquid to set the outside of the residence on fire.

Ward’s step-father and three other people were inside the home. Police say the step-father and the other occupants ran from the home and fought the flames until the fire department arrived.

Ward was charged with several offenses, including first-degree arson and attempted first-degree murder. It’s unclear if Ward has a lawyer.

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