Police: Lighter fluid left at scene of apartment fire
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police say a man who started a fire that caused heavy damage at a Bismarck apartment building left a backpack at the scene that contained lighter fluid and a lighter.
A court affidavit says police also found a lighter in the man’s pants pocket when he was arrested and two blisters on the palm of one hand. Forty-five-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez is charged with criminal mischief, criminal trespass and arson. He’s due in court Thursday. Court records do not list an attorney.
All residents of the 24-unit building made it out safely when the fire broke out about 4 a.m. Wednesday.