TROY, Pa. (WETM) – A Bradford County man has been arrested and charged for allegedly setting garbage on fire in his apartment in an effort “to cause a commotion” and make police respond, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

PSP out of Towanda responded to a fire early in the morning on April 10 at a home on Fall Brook Road in Troy. Michael Wintermute II, 42, allegedly lit a bag of garbage on fire just before 2:00 a.m. but then began shouting that he could not put the fire out, his girlfriend said.

Police said that an upstairs neighbor was able to put out the fire after about a minute. Wintermute reportedly told police that he “had a lot of sh– going on and he wanted to cause a little commotion,” according to the criminal complaint obtained by 18 News. He told police that he started the fire because of “water coming off the hill that has chemicals” and “psychotropic drugs in it”, the affidavit said. When asked why he didn’t just call 911 to get police there rather than start a fire, Wintermute reportedly said “you can’t start a fire without a spark.” He later told police in a written statement that he started the fire to “draw attention to a plot on my life or wellbeing.”

Wintermute also reportedly told police that he had used methamphetamine but could not remember when, the criminal complaint said.

Wintermute was arraigned and charged with Aggravated Arson, Arson – Danger of Death, Arson Endangering Property, Reckless Burning or Exploding, Risking a Catastrophe and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. He is currently being held in the Bradford County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000.