Fire at foreclosed Pulaski home believed to be arson

Published 10/20 2011 10:55AM

Updated 10/20 2011 05:48PM

PULASKI (WFR) A Green Bay man has been arrested in connection to a fire at his foreclosed home in the village of Pulaski.

Firefighters were called to a home at 320 W. Pulaski Street around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for a report of smoke billowing from the basement windows.

When the fire crews arrived they quickly determined that the fire may have been started on purposed. The Pulaski fire chief says the home was in foreclosure and utilties to the home had been shut off. Investigators also say the home's former owner, Timothy Porter, 46, was seen leaving the home before the 911 call was placed.

Porter was arrested at his Green Bay home around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. He is being held on burglary and obstructing a police officer charges.

This is the second time in three months that the Pulaski Fire Department has responded to a fire at Porter's former home. That fire was suspicious, but the Brown County Arson Task Force could not determine the origin of the fire.

The task force continues to investigate Wednesday's fire and more charges could be filed against Porter.

Porter will be in court Thursday afternoon. Channel 5 will have a crew in the courtroom and bring you the latest on Channel 5 News at 5:00 and 6:00.

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