A 43-year-old man in Gloucester Township doused himself, his mother and another occupant of their home with lighter fluid, allowed the house to fill with natural gas, and then threatened to use a lighter and matches to set fire to them all, police said.
Police were dispatched to the home on the 600 block of Marino Avenue at around 1 a.m. Saturday, where they found Paul Dobrzynski intoxicated on the front lawn.
As additional officers arrived on the scene, they found Dobrzynski's elderly mother inside the house, and discovered "a very strong odor of natural gas," according to a news release.
After spraying lighter fluid on himself and the two other residents of the Camden County house, Dobrzynski blew out the pilot lights on the stove to fill the house with natural gas.
Then, police said, he held a lighter and matches and threatened to kill everyone.
The other man was able to run to a neighbor's house and call 911.
No injuries were reported.
Dobrzynski was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, attempted aggravated arson, and terroristic threats. He is being held on $600,000 cash bail awaiting a court hearing.