Man accused of setting media building on fire in Washtenaw County

Daniel Dugan facing 5 felony charges

Daniel Robert Dugan (Pittsfield Township Police Department)

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A man from Washtenaw County has been arraigned on charges after he set a media building on fire more than six months ago, officials said.

The fire happened at 6:08 p.m. March 14 in the 700 block of Airport Boulevard in Pittsfield Township.

Police said Daniel Robert Dugan, 39, set fire to a building that’s owned by the Ann Arbor News/MLive.

Pittsfield Township police officers and firefighters got to the scene and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the second story of the building.

Investigators said they found ignitable liquids, so the cause of the fire was determined to be arson.

Dugan was identified as the person responsible and charged with third-degree arson, breaking and entering, larceny in a building, and two counts of malicious destruction of property.

He was arraigned Monday (Sept. 26) and given a $10,000 bond, cash/surety. He is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call the Pittsfield Township Police Department’s Confidential tip line at 734-822-4958.


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