And that was just the start of it. ‘He kicks my door, tells me I’ve got five seconds to come outside,’ Corbitt told reporters.
Heartbreaking: ‘The mean man burned down my house’ says Kylie Corbitt, 3, who was inside the house with her dad when Phillip Bennett allegedly torched it
Always greener? Corbitt says Bennett was a good neighbor for years, until last week when a battle over the Corbitt’s grass ensued
Bennett then left as Corbitt called 911, only to return carrying two canisters of gasoline and smashes a pane of glass in the Corbitt’s kitchen door.
Dangerous: Police say suspect Phillip Bennet has an extensive criminal record and was considered armed and dangerous before he turned himself into police Thursday
‘Then, he turns around and grabs a brick, throws it through the window. And then he grabs a gas can and starts pouring it into the kitchen. And as he’s pouring he takes his lighter and lights it. And flames were everywhere,’ Corbitt said. The husband and father of one ran to his daughter’s room and fled with her to another neighbor’s house. ‘And watched the house burn,’ he said.
Video footage and photographs from the Facebook page of WGHF radio show fire fighters at the scene, battling to tame the flames. But the home was a total loss. Corbitt’s wife Katie was at work at the time of the alleged arson and told reporters her chief concern was the safety of her daughter. ‘The fact that my little girl was in the house when he started that fire,’ she told KARE11, while fighting back tears.
Bennett fled his home and was considered by police Capt. Mark Camp as armed and dangerous ‘due to past criminal history.On Wednesday afternoon, police were able to make contact with him by phone and tried to convince him to surrender.
Fueled: Corbitt says Bennet smashed a kitchen window, dumped in gasoline, and set the place aflame, all while he and Kylie were inside
Totaled: Corbitt said his home, which was his grandmother’s, was a complete loss