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Man set diesel tank on fire in Antioch after woman rejected him, police say

32-year-old John J. Nolan of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

A man has been arrested after police say that he set a diesel fuel storage tank on fire in Antioch, causing a large explosion, after a woman turned him down for a date.

John J. Nolan, 32, of the 300 block of Holly Hill Road in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, has been charged with arson and criminal damage to property, both felony counts.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Antioch Fire Department responded on April 7 at 4 a.m. to a residence in the 42900 block of North Pedersen Lane in unincorporated Antioch for a diesel fuel tank on fire.

A large diesel fuel storage tank and the surrounding area was on fire when firefighters arrived, officials said.

The homeowners had a video surveillance system at their residence, which showed a man damaging items in the homeowner’s lawn. The man then set fire to diesel fuel contained in a storage tank. The fuel ignited and caused a large explosion. The man then fled on foot from the scene.

Detectives investigated several leads and identified Nolan as the suspect. He was arrested at his workplace on Thursday.

The man told detectives he damaged the property and set the fire after becoming intoxicated and angered that he was unsuccessful in asking someone on a date that evening, Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.

Nolan remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 14.


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