Moorhead man charged with arson after allegedly setting his own apartment on fire

MOORHEAD, M.N. (KVLY) A Moorhead man is facing two felony charges of arson and one felony count of false fire alarms for allegedly setting his own apartment on fire over the weekend.

Court documents say Moorhead Police and Fire were called to fire alarms and smoke at an apartment building on 32nd Ave. S on March 2.

When officers arrived, they saw smoke and smelled a strong odor of smoke coming from a unit belonging to 34-year-old Timothy Flick. Documents say Flick ignored police and left the building when officers tried speaking with him.

Officers entered that unit and saw smoke and a burn site in the living room carpet. Many other burn sites and lighters were also noticed in the apartment.

Firefighters noticed there were burn sites in the living room floor, freezer and on the bedroom dresser. A light bulb in the kitchen had also been set on fire. Firefighters also noticed the smoke detectors in the unit had been disconnected.

Court documents say when Flick returned to his apartment, he had makeup or red paint on his face. He admitted to starting the fires inside his home because he didn't want to use electricity, so he started the fires.

Flick told officers that he burned the light bulb in the kitchen because he didn't know how to turn off the electricity. He said when the apartment started to fill with smoke, he removed the fire alarms because of the noise. He said he left the apartment when the smoke became too overwhelming.

Flick was arrested and transported to the Clay County Jail.