Man set fire to house to kill family and laughed when questioned by police

A man in Texas allegedly started a lethal petrol fire that left his brother dead and his mother badly burned because both of them did not follow the Bible, according to a report.

40-year-old Philip Mills has been charged by police with capital murder and arson following the fire which took place in El Paso, Texas on Thursday night.

His older brother Paul Mills, 54, died in the family's home as a result of the blaze, KTSM reported.

Police said the suspect admitted to what he had done, telling officers he obtained the gasoline from a string trimmer and poured it onto the living room sofa to ignite the deadly inferno, according to an arrest affidavit acquired by the news outlet.

After he allegedly set the house on fire, Philip waited outside the property "with large rocks in his hands" in the event that his relatives made it out of the building alive, according to the affidavit.

The suspect's 82-year-old mother, Annette Mills, was able to walk out of the house despite being badly burned and was rescued by emergency service workers who were at the scene to put out the blaze.

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The elderly woman was transported to hospital in critical condition.

When investigators who were questioning Mills told him about his mother's condition, he allegedly laughed.

He expressed his shock that she wasn't dead after his evil attempt to murder her.

"The defendant then laughed and advised the investigators that he was shocked that both his mother and brother did not perish and called it a 'failed attempt'," the affidavit said.

Mills allegedly told investigators he started the fire because his brother and mother did not follow the Bible.

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