HJ/EDHerald Journal, Dec. 12, 2005

Man charged after setting his home on fire

By Ryan Gueningsman
Staff Writer

A Winsted man is facing charges of first degree arson after admitting to authorities he started his home, located on Scenic Circle, on fire to get police to respond to his residence.

Peter Gribovsky, 36, told authorities he attempted to call 911 shortly after 5 a.m. Dec. 3. He said he was not getting the help he needed from dialing 911, so he started his home on fire to get police to respond, according to Winsted Police Chief Mike Henrich.

According to a formal complaint, Gribovsky indicated he had cut himself, which officers later determined he had not done.

When officers responded to the residence, they found it engulfed in flames, and that Grobovsky was uncontrollable, according to the complaint. Gribovsky fled, but turned himself in a short while later. He was transported to Glencoe Regional Health Services to be checked for frostbite, in addition to having his general condition checked, according to Henrich.

He was released from the hospital, and has since been charged with first degree arson, which is a felony, and carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, and/or a $20,000 fine. He made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Gribovsky has been living in Winsted for approximately three years, and is originally from the Twin Cities area, Henrich said, adding he doesn’t anticipate any additional charges being filed on Gribovsky from the incident.

The Winsted police and fire departments, Wright County Sheriff’s Department, McLeod County Sheriff’s Department, and state fire marshal responded to the incident.

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