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Mar 15, 2014 9:54 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Man arrested for arson after east side apartment fire

TUCSON - A 36-year-old man was arrested and charged with arson after, police said, he intentionally set a fire to an east side apartment complex that displaced 15 people.

Firefighters responded to the fire shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday near Speedway and Camino Seco.

Neighbors tell News 4 Tucson that Israel Salazar, 36, set his bed on fire and just stared at it when people came in to try and help him put it out.

Tucson Police Sgt. Pete Dugan said when officers tried to located Salazar he made his way into another apartment on the second floor and jumped out of the window.

"A guy was hopping out the window and it turns out that was the guy that set fire to the place," said Jesse Shiflet, who lives in the apartment complex.

Salazar was detained by officers and eventually booked into the Pima County Jail. He faces two felonies including arson of an occupied structure and criminal damage over $10,000. Additional charges remain possible in the future.

A total of 18 units in the building were affected by the fire. It took 10 minutes for firefighters to contain it. No serious injuries were reported.

The Red Cross is assisting 15 individuals displaced by the fire.

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