Would-be arsonist targets home with family inside

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MARTINY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for tips leading to the person who tried to set fire to a Mecosta County home while a family slept inside.

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office says the arson attempt happened early Sunday morning at a home in Martiny Township, about 15 miles east of Big Rapids. No one was injured and damage to the home was minor, according to Detective Sgt. Drew Nielsen.

The sheriff’s office is calling the incident a “heinous act.” Anyone with information leading to the person responsible is encouraged to contact detectives by email or by calling 231.592.0150.

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