GOSHEN — The Goshen man arrested after allegedly setting an apartment building on fire changed his story before confessing to police he had intentionally caused the fire Tuesday, according to the probable cause affidavit for his case.
Trever Bouck, of 114 S. Seventh St., was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a fire investigation by the Goshen fire and police departments. Formal charges have not been filed.
The fire department responded to 114 S. Seventh St. for a house fire around 8:30 a.m., where they found a woman trapped on a balcony yelling for help. Lindsay Baker, who was taken to IU Health Goshen Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, told police she had been arguing with Bouck, her boyfriend, early Tuesday morning “over money and Bouck not working,” according to the probable cause affidavit. Baker told police she went to sleep at about 6 p.m. and she later awoke to the smell of smoke and a fire alarm. When she realized the apartment was on fire she looked for her 6-month-old child and Bouck, but couldn’t find them. She was able to walk onto the balcony to yell for help.
At the scene, Bouck told police that he had left the apartment with his child to go to the Personalized Staffing building in the area of Chicago Avenue and Pike Street. He said he later went to a Shell Station to get soda and then to a CVS on Main and Madison Streets. He said he saw the building on fire while he was walking home.
Although he said he did not have any idea how the fire started, police found his keys and a lighter on him.
After police told him they suspected the cause of the fire was arson and that he may have had a part in it, he said he had accidentally spilled some alcohol on the carpet in the kitchen and that it caught on fire.
An officer told him there were two large areas where alcohol had been poured on the floor. Bouck admitted he knowingly poured alcohol on the floor and tried to light it, wanting to hurt himself. He said tried to light paper to start the fire. He said he thought the fire was out when he and his child went for a walk while Baker was sleeping.
Only Baker’s apartment was damaged, with heat damage to the kitchen and smoke throughout the apartment. The occupants of three other apartments in the building were able to return to their apartments after the fire was fully extinguished.
Bouck is being held in the Elkhart County Jail on a $250,000 bond, according to the jail website.