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CrimeSuspect Francis Klettke arrested in Phoenix fire that burned vehicles

00:20  31 may  2019
00:20  31 may  2019 Source:   azcentral.com

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A Phoenix man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire that burned through 12 vehicles and an apartment building Tuesday.

Francis Klettke, 23, was sleeping on a bus stop bench Thursday morning near 15th and Highland Avenues when a citizen recognized him from a media release picture of the suspect and called police, Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Captain Rob McDade said.

Klettke was arrested and booked for arson, McDade said.

The fire started Tuesday morning in a Phoenix parking structure, engulfing the dozen vehicles and burning through power lines. It was so intense that it spread to a nearby apartment building near 16th Avenue and Hazelwood Street, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

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About 30 firefighters battled the blaze.

No firefighters were injured and the apartment building survived with minimal damage.

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