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Police: Lighter fluid left at scene of apartment fire

June 6, 2019

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.

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