Man indicted in Austintown arson case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An Austintown man accused of setting his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire last month has been indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury.

John Petroff, 41, was indicted Thursday on four counts of aggravated arson and one count of violation of a protection order for the July 30 fire at 160 S. Navarre Ave. He has been at the Mahoning County Jail on a $250,000 bond since his arrest.

Police said Petroff tried to tell them he was home all night, but he smelled like smoke and was badly burned. Reports state officers saw skin from his right leg dripping to the ground. The woman told police she woke up around midnight and saw her truck, garage and corner of her house engulfed in flames.

The victim told police the barking of her dogs alerted her to the presence of the fire and that she was just leaving the house when it exploded into flames, according to a report.

A next door neighbor told police he saw Petroff running from the scene and that part of his clothes were on fire. That neighbor chased Petroff all the way until he ran into the back of a house right around the corner on Potomac Avenue, where he was arrested.

The woman has a five-year restraining order against Petroff. She told police he threatened to burn her house down a year ago.

The dogs that were at the house, a mother dog, seven 2-week-old puppies and another adult dog, were removed from the home several days after the fire.

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