A man allegedly set his house on fire while his daughter was inside

A Mansfield man was arrested earlier this month on attempted murder and arson charges for allegedly starting a fire in his home while his stepdaughter was inside.

Authorities allege that Chad A. Cook, 51, of 1065 Timbercliff Drive, started the fire on April 21 at his home at 1065 Timbercliff Drive.

He was charged and taken to Richland County Jail, where he was released on bail, according to authorities.

Cook’s 23-year-old daughter, Jordan Keeler, was inside the house at the time of the fire, trying to sleep, Richland County Sheriff’s Office reports. I managed to escape and call 911.

The 96-page report from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, it’s not clear why Cook, who works for the Lexington Village Parks Department, started the fire.

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