A Harrisburg man accused of crafting homemade heaters that allegedly sparked a large fire Jan. 10 waived his preliminary hearing this week.
Timothy Lipscomb, 28, is charged with causing or risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of children and filing a false report.
Investigators said Lipscomb fabricated heaters out of a cookie pan, candles and a terra cotta pot and placed them around his North Second Street apartment. Lipscomb allegedly left the home for more than two hours while his 11-month-old baby son was asleep in his crib.
At some point, prosecutors said, the homemade heaters started a large fire. Though the child was uninjured, investigators said the blaze displaced 12 people and caused about $575,000 in damage.