Man burns down home with people inside before taking selfie


Feng Qian 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A man became known as the “fire selfie arsonist” after burning down a home before taking a selfie with the destroyed property.

26-year-old Justin Michael Clum of Pasadena, Maryland, was convicted of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, first-degree assault, and 22 other related charges.

Clum pleaded guilty to the 25 charges and he was sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Prosecutors said that a man, woman and their 15-year-old daughter were sleeping in the home when it was intentionally set on fire.

His actions also put 23 first responders in a dangerous situation when he set the house on fire in the middle of the night.

Prosecutors said that Clum and his girlfriend, were drinking vodka in the early morning hours when Clum learned about a past sexual relationship his girlfriend had with another man.

Clum became angry and drove to the man's house with his girlfriend and gasoline, which he poured out on the porch and set it on fire.

According to authorities, the intended victim was not at home when the fire started, but three others were inside. Luckily, all of them managed to escape when they woke up to the sound of their smoke detectors.

23 firefighters worked for about one hour to put out the fire. Prosecutors said that Clum ran away from the house after setting it on fire, but he later returned to take a selfie with the burned down house.