Attempted homicide charges filed in Dover house fire

A York County man has been arrested for attempted homicide and other charges related to a house fire in Dover Township last month.

Thomas M. Funk, 25, of Newberry Township, allegedly set fire to a home in the 2900 block of Deep Hollow Road using a mixture of flammable liquids stored in a five-quart motor oil container, according to Northern York County Regional police.

Four adults and five children between the ages of 18 months and 14 years were in the home when the fire was set in the early hours of Aug. 7, police said. No one was injured.

The fire spread from the plastic container to a mulch
bed and the home. The fire damaged the siding and
charred the wooden deck and railing, and the interior of the home sustained smoke and water damage, police said.

Three vehicles parked at the home had their tires slashed.

Funk is the former love interest of one of the females who was inside the home at the time of the fire, according to police.

Investigators said he was tied to a car that responding officers noticed on the night of the fire.

In addition to nine counts of attempted homicide, he was charged with nine counts each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment and one count each of arson, causing or risking a catastrophe, and terroristic threats.

His bail at the York County Prison was set at $1 million.

Police said the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call Northern York County Regional police at 717-292-3647.


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