A St. John's man accused of setting his own house on fire will stand trial for arson.

Judge Colin Flynn made the ruling Tuesday morning in the case of Kevin Roberts, 29, following a preliminary inquiry in St. John's provincial court.  

Roberts is accused of starting a fire on Blackmarsh Road last June. Roberts is also accused of recklessly endangerment because a woman was living downstairs in the house at the time the fire started.

Roberts has elected to be tried by judge alone in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court.

Roberts also changed not-guilty pleas to guilty pleas on 12 other charges.

The charges he is facing include driving while disqualified, impaired driving, dangerous driving, and others for breaching court orders and breaches of probation.

Roberts is scheduled to return to court in May.

The Crown withdrew three charges, including one for forcible confinement.