Man faces arson charges after setting home on fire

Last Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 12:04 PM EDT

A 55-year-old man has been arrested and charged for setting his home on fire early Thursday morning. 

  • Homeowner arrested for setting house on fire
  • Johnny Durden charged with first-degree arson
  • Durden sustained injuries from fire

Officials said Johnny Dale Durden poured a gallon of gasoline on the porch area of his home and ignited it with an open flame, causing a major fire. 

Tampa Fire Rescue responded to 2006 E Fairbanks Ave. just before 5 a.m., and found a single story structure fully involved. Officials said neighbors were evacuated and firefighters were able to get the flames under control by 5:26 a.m. 

Heat and smoke caused damage to the structure and the rear exterior walls and roof collapsed, officials said. 

A witness at the scene said they saw Durden leaving the house with the flames behind him. Durden was arrested on scene and charged with first-degree arson. 

He was then transported to a local hospital for evaluation of injuries sustained at the scene. 

No other injuries were reported. Officials said the damage is estimated at $33,000.