Arson charges were filed Wednesday against a Creve Coeur man who allegedly set his house on fire while two people were inside Monday night.

Austin Garcia, 28, was ordered held on $50,000 bond pending his April 5 arraignment on two charges of aggravated arson with people present. The Class X charges carry prison terms up to 30 years.

Firefighters arrived at his home at 141 Oaklawn Circle at about 6 p.m. to find sections of the one-story home’s exterior in flames. Smoke entered the home, forcing Garcia’s fiancee and her mother to evacuate, said village Fire Chief Brad Gill.

Garcia told the firefighters he had set the unconnected fires, then ran from the area, said Police Chief Dale King. Police arrived a short time later to find Garcia back inside with the two others and arrested him.

The fire caused about $2,500 in damage to the house, Gill said.