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Man sets Charleston home on fire with wife and teenager inside

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Jodie Gilbert and her 17-year-old daughter, Terra tell 13 News they're not aggravated.

They're relieved after Jodie's estranged husband, Clinton Simpson, was arrested.

He's accused of trying to burn down a house on Randolph Street on Charleston's west side.

"I mean, I was crazy about it last night, but after I found out he got arrested, I was fine," says Terra.

"He hangs out here about all day. We can't get rid of him," says Jodie, who says she and Simpson separated a few months ago.

Simpson was arrested down the street, a few hours after the fire.

The ladies say at 4 a.m. Saturday, they saw Simpson out front and then they saw gasoline coming under the door.

The pets reacted and so did they.

"We had to pick this one up, just because the gasoline was right there," says Terra as she picks up one of the many family cats.

Then, they saw Mr. Simpson doing the same thing around back, and it almost got out of hand.

"First thing we did was get scared and get out, call the police," says Jodie.

Their neighbors say they've heard Simpson causing commotion next door many times.

They're glad the two women don't have to deal with him anymore.

They're also glad they don't have to listen to it anymore.

Simpson is charged with arson, domestic assault, and violation of a domestic violence protective order.

Clinton is being held at South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.


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