WAREHAM — A Wareham man, charged with striking a woman over the head with a hammer and leaving her unconscious in a burning house, was found to be dangerous and ordered held without bail, the DA's office said.

Mondel Johnson, 40, of 18 Barker Road, East Wareham, was found to be a danger by Judge Douglas J. Darnbrough at a dangerousness hearing Friday in Wareham District Court and ordered held without bail, according to Beth Stone, a spokeswoman for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz. He will now be held for up to 120 days at the Plymouth County House of Correction.

Johnson's next court date is May 8 in Wareham District Court for a probable cause hearing, Stone said.

He is charged with setting a fire on March 29 that police say destroyed the house at 36 Restful Lane in the Shangri-La section of East Wareham. According to court documents, a tree had fallen on the house in a storm and the owner was in the process of making repairs. The Town of Wareham had condemned the property and there was no power.

The victim, who did not identify her attacker, said she and a man went to the house to smoke crack cocaine, according to court documents. She tried to use his cellphone as a flashlight because there was no power in the house, but he refused and she called him derogatory names.

She said he then struck her over the head with what she thought was a hammer and poured some type of fluid over her head, court records said.

The man then began to light pieces of newspaper and throw them at her and he also kicked her as she laid on the floor, court records say.

She lost consciousness and when she woke up she saw the house was on fire and ran to a neighbor’s home on Mayflower Lane, according to court documents. She left the neighbors’ home when they called police. A few hours later, she went to Tobey Hospital for treatment of a head wound.

Wareham Detective Dean J. Decas said in his report that it appeared the victim knew the identity of her attacker, but did not provide it to police out of fear of retribution. Police interviewed two witnesses, however, who said the victim told them it was Johnson who assaulted her and started the fire.

The defendant showed a hammer to a witness before the fire and told him he planned to kill the victim, a 27-year-old woman, according to court documents.

Follow Curt Brown on Twitter @CurtBrown_SCT