A middle-aged man set his house on fire on Sunday after his parents rejected the woman he wanted to marry.

Samuel Njeru Njue, 34, from Gacucari village in Embu came home drunk and set ablaze his three-bedroom house after arguing with his parents who disapproved of his choice of wife.

Confirming the incident, Embu North OCPD Mark Wanjala said neighbours managed to put out the fire.

“Samuel Njue set his house on fire after an argument with his parents over his marital plans and set his house on fire. Luckily his neighbours who saw smoke billowing from his house put out the fire before it destroyed the property,” Wanjala said.

The man was arrested and will be charged with arson and endangering the lives of others.