Fairmont Arson Home Sold 11 Aug 11

The Fairmont City Council this week agreed to purchase the remains of a home that the former resident set on fire last year in order to ambush police. 49-year-old Michael Mathwig was found dead outside the home on Webster Street in Fairmont last October with more than 20 shotgun shells in his pants pocket and more shells in a bag taped to his wrist. He had apparently shot himself in the head after starting a fire in the house and shooting a police officer and a private citizen who attempted to save him. Both shooting victims survived. The Fairmont City Council agreed to purchase the home for $5,000 this week in order to remove the eyesore. The demolition is expected to cost around $3,000, and will be done as soon as possible.