It happened on Afton Avenue around 6:40 p.m.
David Idleburgh, 32, faces a charge of aggravated arson after police found him on the scene, according to a police report.
Officers say Idleburgh tried to walk away several times and asked if he could leave, the report stated.
After further questioning, Idleburgh told police he didn’t know how the fire started but that he was in the basement trying to remove tar from the floor using gasoline, according to the report. An officer also said that he overheard Idleburgh tell an EMT that the fire may have started when he lit a cigarette.
Later, Idleburgh requested an attorney before he said anything else, the report stated.
Police say that Idleburgh has lived in the home for several years with the owner, who returned to the house during the investigation into the fire.
State investigators determined there were two separate fire areas, one in the basement and another in the upstairs living room. Due to the accelerant being present and the actions and statements of Idleburgh, it was determined that probable cause existed to charge Idleburgh with arson, the report stated.
Idleburgh was in court Tuesday morning when his bond was set at $20,000. He is due back in court next Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
The state fire marshal is investigating.
No injuries were reported in the fire.