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Man arrested for causing Vancouver house fire with illegal firework

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A homeless man was in court after police said he set off an illegal firework that caused a Vancouver house to go up in flames.

After almost a month, police arrested Joseph Kocourek, 19, this week on a charge of first-degree arson.

The incident was caught on camera on July 10 thanks to a neighbor who installed security cameras.

The footage shows a man and a woman in front of the house, then the man, goes on to light an illegal bottle rocket and then runs off. In the footage, you can see the firework being thrown into some bushes, and within seconds, flames erupted and engulfed the house.

The family is devastated they lost their home, but they said they're thankful no one was home at the time of the fire. Damage to the house and contents inside are estimated to be around $85,000.

Kocourek's arraignment is scheduled for August 13.

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