Investigators said they responded last week to the home of Bryce Ray Whitaker, 60, on a report of a fire, the (Salt Lake City) Deseret News reported.
Whitaker told officers he let a candle on his gas stove and used it to ignite his wife's pants and a box while she took a nap. He said he decided to light the fire after he and the woman argued about "her snoring and her stuff."
Police said Whitaker woke his wife up when the fire got out of control and they fled the house.
Whitaker was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with a first-degree felony count of aggravated arson.