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McHENRY, Ill. (CBS) — An Elmhurst man is in jail for allegedly setting a house on fire – and it wasn’t even the right house.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports, flames broke out in the 5100 block of Westwood Drive in unincorporated McHenry around 4:45 a.m. The Fire Protection District found a house, and two vehicles in the driveway, all on fire.

Witnesses placed Joseph Ziegler, 22, at the scene. He now faces arson charges for allegedly setting fire to both the cars and the house.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s office says Ziegler set the fire in retaliation for a verbal dispute with someone else before the fire, but he got the wrong house. The person whom Ziegler was angry with lived elsewhere, the sheriff’s office said.

The resident of the damaged house escaped unharmed, although the house is now uninhabitable.

Ziegler is now being held on $80,000 bond.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports