Officers were called out to University and Maple around 4:30 Saturday afternoon for a burglary in progress.
The resident of the home says he went inside his garage and found things thrown around when the suspect jumped out.
The suspect had a can of lighter fluid and began putting it on everything, including himself.
Police say the suspect told the resident he will start a fire if they don't leave. They listen and get their family out of the house before calling 911.
The suspect still starts a fire and when officials attempted to rescue the man, they couldn't because he trapped himself inside.
Authorities entered the home through a back door and pulled the suspect out. He suffered burns on his arms and was taken to the hospital.
He will be arrested for Arson, trespassing and vandalism.