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New Freedom house fire deemed arson, suspect arrested

Christopher Bellomy is facing charges after police say he admitted to setting a house on fire as a result of relationship issues.
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Police arrest a man in connection to a house fire in New Freedom Borough ruled an arson. 

Christopher Bellomy, 49, is charged with arson, criminal mischief, risking catastrophe, among other charges after police say he admitted to setting the house on fire because of relationship problems. 

Officers responded to South Third Street in New Freedom around 2:30 a.m. on Monday for house fire. 

According to charging documents, neighbors reported hearing Bellomy's diesel truck quickly leave the residence around 2:15 a.m. 

A State Police Fire Marshal investigated and found multiple points of origin for the fire as well as evidence that accelerants were used. 

Police also found a framed picture believed to be from the house and a key fob to a vehicle belonging to the homeowner in the pool behind the house. 

There was also damage to the homeowners vehicle. 

The house was deemed a total loss, and neighboring homes sustained heat damage. 

Nobody was injured. 

Police conducted a phone interview with Bellomy and say he admitted to starting the fire because he was angry with his girlfriend, the homeowner, because of her infidelity. He also claimed his plan was to blow up house while he was inside, according to the complaint and affidavit. 

Bellomy was arrested in West Virginia.