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Man Admits He Drove Flaming Car Into House

February 15, 1995

JACQUET RIVER, New Brunswick (AP) _ A man who set himself afire and drove his flaming car through the side of a house across the street from his ex-girlfriend’s home has pleaded guilty to arson.

Mark Gallen, 45, of nearby Benjamin River, suffered third-degree burns over half his body in the Nov. 7 incident.

Police said Gallen doused the inside of his car with gasoline and lit it. The burning car punched through the wooden house and into the living room.

Three people asleep in the house escaped safely. The building was destroyed.

Investigators believe Gallen was trying to kill only himself.

A week before the fire, Gallen was charged with and pleaded guilty to unlawfully confining and assaulting Brenda LaPointe, his ex-girlfriend. She suffered head and facial injuries.

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