Dec. 28--An Anchor Point man was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly set fire to a trailer and hid in the woods with firearms while firefighters put out the blaze, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Troopers and the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Chakok Road around 9 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived on scene, a "live-in style travel trailer" was fully engulfed in flames, troopers said.
"It's totally destroyed," said Dave Matthews, an Anchor Point firefighter, on Saturday.
Troopers said no one could be found on the property and Trevor Cole, the owner of the land, could not be reached.
After the fire was extinguished, troopers spotted Cole, 33, walking away from the scene on North Fork Road. He had a rifle and a concealed handgun, according to a trooper report. Marijuana also was found on Cole after a troopers search, the report said.
Authorities believe Cole fled from the trailer after setting it aflame after a "falling-out" with the trailer's owner --who he had previously given permission to park on his property. Cole allegedly hid in the woods nearby until the fire department left the scene.
He was charged with 2nd-degree arson, a felony, and two misconduct charges involving weapons and controlled substances, both misdemeanors. He was taken to Homer jail.
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