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Grand Forks man attempted to burn down occupied home, police say

A Grand Forks man barricaded himself in a basement, lit a fire and escaped through a window with the intent of burning down the home with others inside, police say.

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A Grand Forks man barricaded himself in a basement, lit a fire and escaped through a window with the intent of burning down the home with others inside, police say.

Chad Gordon Jordahl, 43, was charged with reckless endangerment by fire or explosion, a Class B felony, for his alleged actions Friday.

According to an affidavit, Jordahl was staying the night with a relative in the 400 block of Eighth Avenue South Friday, when he barricaded himself into a basement bedroom and set two magazines on fire, leaving them to burn on a chair. Police say Jordahl told officers he intended to burn the house down despite others being inside.

After starting the fire, Jordahl broke out two basement windows and climbed out of the home, sustaining lacerations, police say.

No one was harmed in the incident.

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