Middleton man arrested for arson after placing clothes on kitchen stove

MADISON (WKOW) — A Middleton man was arrested after breaking into a family member’s home and starting a fire on a kitchen stove, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said 20-year-old Rukeem Harrison broke into an apartment on Gammon Lane in Madison at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. He started a fire by placing clothing on the kitchen stove and turning the burners on high.

The family member who lived there was having an argument with Harrison and kicked him out prior to the fire. She left her apartment and was at a neighbors place, calling 911. While she was on the phone her neighbor went over to the victim’s apartment and saw the burning clothes. The neighbor was able to extinguish the flames.

Officers discovered Harrison also caused significant damage to the apartment, breaking dishes, glasses, electronics and other items.

Harrison was on scene when authorities arrived. He was taken into custody and several charges were recommended against him, including arson, second degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, burglary and trespassing.

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