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Man accused of setting fire at his own home, displacing four people

A duplex that caught fire in Monterey is now believed to have been intentionally set
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A duplex that caught fire in Monterey is now believed to have been intentionally set

MONTEREY, Calif. (KION-TV) -- A Monterey man has been arrested after setting fire to the duplex he was living in, leaving four people displaced.

Monterey Fire said they were dispatched to a structure fire in the 600 block of Hoffman Avenue on Wednesday night around 7 p.m.

You can watch the video of the fire here

The fire was contained to a duplex with two units, but caused significant damage to the interior.

No one was in either unit when the fire started, but police say the fire was lit from inside the residence from a 28-year-old man who lived in one of the units.

Investigators believe the individual lit plastic and tissue paper on fire and then left the area before returning a short time later.

The man was arrested at the scene when he returned that night during the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Monterey Police Investigations Sergeant Aaron Delgado at (831) 646-3814. Or to remain anonymous call (831) 646-3840.

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Victor Guzman

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  1. People could have died in that fire. He needs to be charged with attempted murder. If it was his own home and had no other people living there, then sure…charge him with arson or insurance fraud and be done with it. But he put lives at risk and now several people don’t have a place to live. If he is guilty then he is a low life POS.

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