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Bethlehem apartment fire ignited by man using lighter to ‘clean’ items, police report

A Bethlehem man who said he had a compulsive need to clean items with a cigarette lighter told police he ignited a fire in his South Side apartment, sending residents fleeing to escape the flames.

Joseph Matacavage, 53, of the 100 block of East Third Street, is charged with arson that risks death or serious injury, arson of an occupied structure, reckless burning, causing a catastrophe, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He was arraigned before District Judge Roy Manwaring and sent to Northampton County Jail under $100,000 bail.

According to court records:

Police and fire crews were called at 3:20 p.m. Saturday to an apartment in the 100 block of East Third Street for reports of a fire. Bethlehem police, among the first on scene, found Matacavage standing in the common area of the main entrance to the building.

“What started the fire?” an officer asked Matacavage.

“Me,” Matacavage

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The Kitchen in This Basement Apartment Is Basically a Greenhouse

<div class="caption"> Rosie intended to install austere slate-gray cabinetry, but she was taken with the Ruskin Blossom hue when she visited Pluck’s studio. “If you’re able to take it away from its current cultural associations, it’s just a nice color,” she explains. “It looks really lovely against the greenery.” </div>

Rosie intended to install austere slate-gray cabinetry, but she was taken with the Ruskin Blossom hue when she visited Pluck’s studio. “If you’re able to take it away from its current cultural associations, it’s just a nice color,” she explains. “It looks really lovely against the greenery.”

Though television producer Rosie Rockel was a first-time homeowner when she renovated her South London apartment, she was able to approach the project with some useful background experience. Rosie’s entertainment industry job has her working on the show Grand Designs, a British home improvement series that highlights impressive, elaborate architecture. Perhaps that’s why she was so confident in her ability to design the kitchen remodel on her own. “I had a very clear picture of exactly what I wanted it to look like,” Rosie says.

The main aims were to bring light into this room of her flat, which is situated in

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