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Green Bay arsonist gets 8 years in prison


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for starting a house on fire.

43-year-old Frank Jakubiec was also given 10 years extended supervision for setting the blaze at a home on Western Avenue in 2010. 

"The message we want to get out to people considering arson, is that there is a good chance you're going to get caught," says Green Bay Metro Fire Lt. Nick Craig. "It may take some time, but it will happen."

Fire investigators say Jakubiec put a halogen light on combustibles to start the blaze in an attempt to make it appear accidental.

A Green Bay Metro Department fire investigator, detective from the Green Bay Police Department, and a fire investigator from the home owner's insurance company were able to collect enough evidence for a successful conviction.

"A lot of people start arson fires to make it look like an accident, to try to claim insurance money, and that's exactly what happened in this case," says Craig.

The fire caused over $200,000 in damages.