Man arrested in connection to house fire

BISMARCK, N.D.- A Bismarck family was displaced from their home after fire destroyed their belongings.

The homeowner's fiancé has been charged with arson in connection with Tuesday's fire in the 1400 block of South 3rd St.

36-year-old Spencer Norton made his first court appearance today.

We talked to Yvette Howell today and she said she feels like she's lost it all; her home, her cat and her fiancé.

“What am I going through? I have nothing,” said Howell.

Yvette Howell owns the home on the corner of 3rd street where a fire Tuesday left her with piles of charred belongings.

"I don't have my cat. And everyone seems to think that we had something to do with this," said Howell.

Police say the fire began in the home's garage. They have video of Norton leaving 62 seconds behind Howell.

The affidavit says there was a large amount of flickering light coming from the garage window when the two walked away.

"When I woke up, all I saw were red lights flashing and the firemen and the police were already here. There were firemen all over the place and there was lots of smoke coming out. Just all kinds of black smoke coming out," said Howell’s next door neighbor, Darrell Njos.

"We come back and my house was gone," said Howell.

Howell was put in a motel by the Red Cross Tuesday.

Today she tells me she no longer has a place to stay because her insurance company pulled her room.

Her fiancé remains in jail on a $25,000 cash bond and with an order not to contact Howell.