Butler County man accused of setting house fire with family inside

Butler County man accused of setting house fire with family inside
Maston Murphy (Source: Middletown Police Department)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - A Butler County man is accused of purposely setting a New Year’s Day fire at his home while his wife and her two young daughters inside.

Maston Murphy, 36, is under arrest on four counts of aggravated arson and two counts of arson. He is held on $430,000 bond at the Middletown jail.

According to Middletown police records, Murphy told police he set the fire under a car in the attached garage that spread into the family’s home in the 1900 block of Baltimore Street Friday morning.

Police wrote in a report that Murphy “did admit to being upset because he saw his wife with a male passenger in her car as she pulled up to their home” and then they went inside, along with the children.

Brittni Murphy, 30, told police she was sleeping at 6:30 a.m. when a neighbor knocked on the door to alert her to the blaze, according to the report.

She told officers she went to the bathroom and saw flames shooting through the window. She said she quickly got her two daughters, 7 and 8, out the back door.

She also told police there was a history of domestic violence between her and her husband and he was upset with her over money and allegations she was having an affair, according to the report.

The case returns to court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 11.

In the meantime, Brittani Murphy has established a Go Fund Me account so the family can find a new home.

“As most know we lost our home due to a house fire caused by my jeep being set on fire,” the page reads.

“We were unharmed & made it out safely. A lot of people reached out & helped replace clothes and stuff my babies lost. Now we are asking for a little bit of help getting a new house. Any amount helps & is greatly appreciated. Thank u in advance!”

So far, $165 has been raised toward the fund’s $1,500 goal.

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