BROCKTON (CBS) –Police in Brockton have arrested a man who they believe intentionally set his estranged spouse’s house on fire while people slept inside.

After an investigation, officials determined that 50-year-old Yvetteau Devilme started a fire at a home on Packard Way around 2:25 a.m. on Sunday.

Gary Morse is a neighbor. He called 911 when he was the fire.

“So I Looked out the window and it just looked like a huge ball of fire. The whole backyard was lit up and it was reflecting off the shed or something. I just knew something was wrong,” Morse said.

“I ran up, checked on my mom (she lives upstairs) and I looked out her window and it looked even worse.”

Police said that seven people were home at the time, at least some were family members of Devilme.

“I heard a woman screaming, that’s why I really went into action because I heard a woman screaming, so I was like ‘that’s it, this is not a joke,'” recalled Morse.

Devilme is being charged with arson, seven counts of attempted murder, several counts of violation of a protective order, and malicious destruction of property among other charges.

He could appear in court as early as Tuesday.


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