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Bickering roommate is charged with arson

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - A Sioux Falls man is charged with arson following an argument Thursday with his roommates over money and responsibilities.

     Captain Greg Vandekamp says 38 year old David Whitten allegedly stuffed clothing into a bathroom vent and lit it on fire.

     Vandekamp says one roommate caught Whitten in the act.  That roommate hit Whitten in the head with a frying pan.  Whitten required medical attention for his head wound.              

     Vandekamp says Fire Rescue had to pull down a bathroom wall to extinguish the fire.

     He says alcohol was a factor.  The incident happened in the 3200 block of North Cliff Avenue.  Whitten is charged with first degree arson. 

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