Man Arrested for Setting his Allentown, PA, House on Fire

Feb. 26, 2024
Allentown firefighters found a mattress on fire in a bedroom and quickly doused the flames.

A 30-year-old Allentown man is accused of deliberately setting a fire at a city row home early Monday.

Max Torres Nadal is charged with felony arson, felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment. The Lehigh County Public Defender’s Office said he is yet to be assigned counsel in the case.

City Fire Capt. John Christopher told shortly after 3 a.m. flames ignited in a bedroom at a center row home in the 600 block of West Green Street. Firefighters found a mattress fully engulfed in an upstairs bedroom and quickly doused the flames, he said.

Torres Nadal is believed to be the only one home at the time of the fire and escaped by himself, Christopher said. There were no reported injuries.

Damage to the home was minimal with just some minor smoke and water damage, Christopher said.

City police say Torres Nadal was connected to arson after the community provided tips and information about the case and the patrol division helped investigate.

Torres Nadal Monday morning was arraigned before District Judge Mark A. McCant, who set bail at $200,000. In lieu of bail, he was sent to the Lehigh County jail.


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