House fire on Bear Creek Road, between Otis and Rose Lodge – man with an AK-47 standing in front of it
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A very distraught man set fire to his own house off Highway 18 in Rose Lodge Tuesday evening. Leroy Adams, 48 was at home with his mother, his wife and their two daughters when something snapped. Adams went outside and started dousing the house with diesel oil, saying he was going to burn it down. Initially, deputies say he tried to block anyone from leaving the house. Eventually his his two daughters managed to flee the home while their mother tried to stop their father from burning it down.
Outside, Adams’ wife begged him to stop and inadvertently got splashed with diesel oil. Moments later Adams torched the house which caught fire very quickly. Adams’ wife and his mother began frantically trying to remove personal items and furniture but the fire grew too quickly. Both came out and fled down the driveway.
By then law enforcement and fire fighters had arrived. They spotted Adams standing in the driveway holding an AK-47 in his hands, along with a handgun, and with a shotgun nearby. Officers tried to talk with him, but got nowhere with him. But they eventually convinced him to give up his weapons and surrender.
Adams was charged with five counts of domestic menacing, one count of reckless burning and one count of arson. His bail was set at $415,000.
Sheriff’s Sergeant Mark Meister said the home was for sale. He said he didn’t know if that had anything to do with it. Sgt. Meister said Adams was distraught over personal family issues. Sgt. Meister said Adams was quoted earlier as saying “It’s my house and I’ll burn it down if I want to.”