Edwin Michael Schabach-Rivera

Edwin Michael Schabach-Rivera was charged with arson after police say he used newspapers to start a mobile home fire on July 4. 

A Quarryville man was charged with arson after police say he used newspaper to set a mobile home on fire July 4, then watched it burn while drinking a beer. 

Edwin Michael Schabach-Rivera, 33, of Quarryville was also charged with burglary, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and public drunkenness after the fire that destroyed a mobile home at 10 Laura Court in East Drumore Township. 

Mobile home fire

Firefighters attack a blaze Thursday morning in a mobile home on Laura Court in East Drumore Township.

According to police, Schabach-Rivera said he was upset with his ex-girlfriend and mother of his son because of the amount of time he was allowed to spend with his son. 

Around 11 a.m. on July 4, Schabach-Rivera opened the unlocked door to the mobile home, went to the bedroom and put newspaper on the bed, according to an affidavit of probable cause. 

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He lit the newspaper on fire and then "walked over and made sure the neighbors were out of their house," police said. 

Schabach-Rivera then went back to the driveway, sat in a lawn chair and "ate a sandwich and drank a beer while watching it 'go up,' " police said. 

Nobody was home when the fire happened.

When a state trooper arrived to speak with him, he asked if the trooper had a gun and said he "may have [a gun] on his person," police said. 

He then refused to show troopers his hands and resisted arrest, according to the affidavit. 

Schabach-Rivera is in Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail. 

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