ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty to arson Thursday in connection with a St. Paul house fire in early January that displaced six people, including two young children.

David Allen Mason pleaded guilty to first-degree arson in Ramsey County Court in connection with the incident. According to a complaint, Mason had an argument with another resident of the rental home on the 1500 block of Virginia Street on the night of Jan. 2.

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Authorities learned through an investigation that four men rented bedrooms in the home. The person who called 911 and her two young children frequently visit the home to see a person who rents an upstairs bedroom. Mason allegedly approached the woman and told her he was interested in having a romantic and sexual relationship with her, according to the complaint. When she rejected the advances, Mason became angry.

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Mason then piled several dresser drawers on his bed and lit them on fire. Authorities responded to the scene at about 1 a.m. on Jan. 3 and when they arrived, they had to kick in a door to enter the house and got all the residents outside safely.

Nobody was injured in the fire, but damage from the incident was estimated at more than $56,000.

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Mason will be sentenced April 11. He faces up to 20 years in prison.