The suspect accused of burning a 119-year-old synagogue in Duluth, Minnesota, last week said he tried to “spit” the fire out and left when he could not, according to a criminal complaint obtained by CNN.

The affiliate reported that the complaint said Matthew Amiot, 36, was seen setting “a variety of combustible materials” on fire behind the Adas Israel Congregation synagogue last Monday at about 2:13 a.m.

A judge reportedly set his bond at $20,000.

Amiot’s attorney told CNN affiliate KBJR that he denies all allegations.

Read more at The Hill.