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MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO BURN MOBILE HOME

Officials say the 63-year-old was mad at the homeowner and tried to start a fire.

A 63-year-old man was arrested Monday after he tried to ignite a mobile home with three people inside, fire officials said.

Thomas Earl Anderson of Riverview was accused of arson, firefighters say, after he set fire to a mobile home at 11313 Fish Hook Place in Gibsonton because he was mad at the homeowner.

The people inside the home at the time were not identified. An arrest affidavit does not show there were any injuries.

After his arrest, Anderson told Hillsborough County Fire officials he purchased a jug of water, poured out the liquid and filled it with gasoline, according to the report.

Around 3:45 a.m. Monday, he soaked paper towels with the gas, threw them under the mobile home and trailed gas away from the residence to where he lit it, officials said.

Anderson has been charged with two counts of first-degree arson and throwing a fire bomb. He remained in Hillsborough County Jail on $252,000 bail.

According to jail records, Anderson is an electrician and used to work for Gulf Electric. He has been arrested before on charges of grand theft and methamphetamine possession.

Marissa Lang can be reached at mlang@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3386.

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