Fiery argument may have led Oak Lawn man to torch home

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A fierce argument betweencolor-p1-3-col crop an Oak Lawn man and his wife may have led the man to burn down his house a few hours after the dispute, prosecutors said.

  Arunas Samoska, 48, was charged with two counts of aggravated arson and one count of residential arson Monday morning after appearing in Bridgeview Court where a request for bond was denied, according to police. He remains at Cook County Jail.
  Oak Lawn police and fire departments from several communities responded at 5:14 a.m. Saturday to a house fire/explosion in the 8900 block of 55th Court. The house was engulfed with fire and required about one hour to extinguish.
  Prosecutors said Samoska poured gasoline throughout his home, including the living room and the bed in the master bedroom. The vapors ignited when he went to his garage to get more gasoline, prosecutors said.
  The explosion and subsequent fire rendered the home a complete loss, officials said. No one was in the home at the time of the explosion and there were no injuries. The houses on each side of the fire were occupied but no one was injured. A neighboring house sustained considerable damages, police said.
  Samoska was found outside of his home when police and firefighters arrived. He was subsequently questioned by police, who secured search warrants and began collecting physical evidence, which was presented to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
  Approximately three hours before the fire, Oak Lawn police responded to the house for an unwanted subject. Police officers intervened in a verbal between Samoska and his wife.
  His wife and children left for a relative’s house while he stayed behind. A co-worker also left the house. Before Samoska’s wife left, she smashed the couple’s wedding photo, prosecutors said. Samoska later found the photo, they said.
  After the house blew up, Samoska admitted in a phone call with a friend that he was responsible, prosecutors said. He also posted an apology on his Facebook page, they said. He also called his wife and left a message in which he admitted to blowing up the house, prosecutors said.
  Samoska is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 3.