LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - A man who was about to be arrested threatened suicide and then set fire to a house early Tuesday morning, Lake County
sheriff's investigators said.
Deputies said they then saw smoke coming from the house and discovered that Smithey apparently set the home on fire.
Deputies forced their way inside
Deputies also found two dogs and pulled them from the house.
Some deputies were treated at the scene for cuts and smoke inhalation and one deputy was treated at a local hospital and released, according to investigators.
The fire marshal went to the scene and is handling the investigation.
Smithey was taken into custody and booked into the Lake County Jail.
He was arrested on several charges, including two counts of animal cruelty, officials said.