DUNCANSVILLE - State police have charged a Duncansville man with arson for a fire Saturday afternoon that damaged his father's home.
Christopher L. Bowmaster, 26, of 1408 Peach St. confessed to police that he set the fire because he was angry with his father, court documents state.
Bowmaster had been having "a difficult time" since returning from the military about a year ago, his father told police, according to an affidavit filed by Trooper Matthew Gordon, a state police fire marshal.
Bowmaster had argued with a relative of his father's on the day of the fire, according to the affidavit.
Bowmaster was living at his father's home at the time of the fire, the affidavit stated.
His father and another occupant weren't home at the time of the fire, which damaged a bedroom and a hallway, Duncansville police Officer Justin Franks said.
Bowmaster confessed at the Hollidaysburg state police barracks, provided troopers with a written statement and identified the location of bottles containing accelerant he had used, his arrest papers stated.
Bowmaster is in Blair County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $50,000 bail. He is charged with one count of arson. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 1 before Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson.
Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.