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Austintown man accused of torching ex-girlfriend's truck, garage and home

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Elaine Hetrick tells police that the sound of her dogs barking early Wednesday morning drew her attention to the garage of her home at 160 South Navarre Avenue, where she saw flames underneath her pickup truck.  Hetrick says she was trying to get out of her home when the garage exploded into flames.

When police arrived, witnesses told them that they saw Hetrick's ex-boyfriend running from the home.  Officers were directed to nearby Potomac Avenue, where they found 41-year-old John Petroff in the living room of his current girlfriend's home.

Police say they could see smoke emanating from a recently burned portion of Petroff's leg. Petroff told officers that he had been at the home on Potomac all night, and had burned his leg a couple of days ago.

The fire heavily damaged the truck and garage and caused minor damage to a portion of Hetrick's home, as well as a neighbor's house.  Fire investigators estimate damages are $25,000.

Hetrick told police that Petroff had threatened to burn her house down in the past, and she had obtained a protection order from court.

Petroff was ordered to stay away from Hetrick last year when he was charged with domestic violence, but was convicted of a less serious charge.

After receiving medical treatment for his burns, Petroff was taken to jail where he was booked on five counts of arson and violating a protection order.

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