PLYMOUTH — James Malkowski was arrested Friday, Sept. 6, on a charge of arson following a July 29 fire in the 2800 block of Plymouth-LaPorte Trail, Walkerton.
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office and multiple area fire agencies responded to a house fire around 5:11 p.m., according to police.
Malkowski, the property owner, was located that evening in a wooded area near the residence. When officials spoke with Malkowski, he admitted to being home at the time of the fire in which a dog perished.
During the investigation, it was found Malkowski had made threatening comments through text messages indicating he was going to burn his house down, just prior to the fire starting.
He was booked in the Marshall County Jail.