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Homeowner charged with setting fire to own home

LAWTON, Okla._A Lawton man who confessed to lighting his house on fire has officially been charged with second-degree arson.

Verna Ward Jr. turned himself in to the Comanche County Detention Center last Thursday after confessing to the crime. Ward said that when his wife left to file divorce paperwork, he poured gasoline over several areas in the house and lit the fire.

Ward has a history of PTSD, and his wife believes this is what drove him to set the blaze.

His bond has been set at $11,000. He's expected back in court in August.

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