Furniture fire leads to arson, resisting arrest charges

A 29-year-old man who set his living room furniture on fire because “the chair was trying to kill” him, now sits behind bars after authorities had to remove him from the scene when he interfered with their efforts to suppress the flames, officials said.

Daniel L. Welch has been charged with first-degree arson and felony resisting arrest after he allegedly caused a fire around 3:50 p.m. Monday at his residence in an apartment complex on Dawson Road. Welch was in the Camden County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Welch was alone when he reportedly torched the chair, but several neighbors had to evacuate until firefighters could bring the flames under control.

According to the Camdenton Fire Department, firefighters found moderate smoke coming from the single-story apartment and contained the fire within 10 minutes. The chair and surrounding area were damaged. No injuries were reported.

After the smoke cleared, residents were allowed back into their home, Camdenton Fire Department Chief Scott Frandsen said.

While firefighters were providing emergency services, Welch allegedly attempted to re-enter the residence on a number of occasions. After several attempts to control him, he was taken into custody.

According to court documents, he told authorities “the chair was trying to kill (me), so I set it on fire.”

According to Camdenton Police Chief Laura Wright, additional charges are pending.

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