Man headed to trial for causing fire while baby was alone

A Harrisburg man is headed to trial for allegedly causing a fire with makeshift heaters while his 11-month-old son was home alone.

Timothy Lipscomb, 29, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday and allowed all counts against him to proceed to Dauphin County Court.

He faces a formal arraignment April 4 on charges of causing a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, endangering
the welfare of a child, and fictitious reports stemming from the
Jan. 10 fire in the 1900 block of N. 2nd Street.

According to charging documents, Lipscomb placed several lit candles in baking pans and covered them with terra cotta pots to heat his apartment, and he placed one of the makeshift heaters near his son's crib before leaving the child alone for about two hours.

Lipscomb initially told police he was sleeping before the fire, but later admitted that he left the infant alone and returned as fire alarms were going off and his apartment was
filling with smoke, documents state.

He was able to rescue the child and both were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation.

The fire damaged two other homes, displaced 12 people and caused approximately $575,000 in damage.


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