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Man rescued from Kansas fire charged with arson, attempting to kill emergency responders

A man is charged with setting fire to a Kansas home and then attempting to kill the emergency workers who rescued him.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/Yy0ZD9 ) reports that 58-year-old William J. Outhet Jr. faces charges of arson and attempted first-degree murder in Johnson County District Court. His bond was set at $1 million during a Monday hearing that he wasn't able to attend because he remained hospitalized.

No one else was injured in the Feb. 1 incident.

Court documents say Outhet "staged" firearms around the home and fired a shotgun. The documents listed emergency responders as the intended victims.

Firefighters ultimately pulled Outhet from the home and rushed him to a hospital.

Outhet is being represented by the Johnson County Public Defender's Office. The office phone rang unanswered Tuesday.

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