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A Woman in Iowa Refused to Eat With Her Boyfriend. So, He Set Her and the House on Fire, Cops Say.

Iowa Man Accused of Starting Fire During Argument With Girlfriend
Source: Polk County Jail; Unsplash

Pah Lo Baw accused of setting his house and girlfriend on fire during a dispute in Iowa.

Mar. 25 2024, Published 4:01 p.m. ET

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An Iowa man has been arrested after police say he deliberately set a fire during an argument with his girlfriend.

Around 3 p.m. on March 24, police and fire crews responded to a home in Des Moines after receiving a report of a residential fire that was intentionally, according to court documents obtained by WHO.

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Once at the scene, first responders entered the smoking home and found the fire had been put out, officials said.

Police located 36-year-old Pah Lo Baw inside the home and he was detained.

Investigators determined Baw got into an argument with his 39-year-old girlfriend and then allegedly poured gasoline throughout the home and on her.

Baw allegedly said he was going to set them both on fire, according to the victim.

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Court records claim Baw used a BIC lighter to ignite the gasoline in the hallway.

Baw told police that he was upset with his girlfriend because she didn’t want to eat with him.

The victim told police that she tried to put the fire out with water from the kitchen before she fled the home.


Officials noted no significant injuries were reported, but Baw’s hair, eyelashes and eyebrows were singed. There was also minor damage to the home from the fire.

Baw was arrested and charged with attempted murder, arson and domestic abuse assault with intent to inflict serious injury, authorities said.

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He was being held in the Polk County Jail.

Officials said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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