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Man Charged With Arson After Tampa Apartment Fire

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. (AP) — A 58-year-old man is charged with first-degree arson following an apartment fire an apartment complex near Tampa.

Authorities say Kenneth Haskins is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail after his Mar Plaza apartment caught fire on Sunday night.

Firefighters evacuated 28 apartments on Sunday night.

Tampa Fire Arson investigators determined the fire began in Haskins’ kitchen and bedroom. They say Haskins made comments during the investigation about being upset with the apartment’s management company.

The upstairs unit where the fire began sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage.

Four residents were displaced by the fire. Other residents were allowed to return home Sunday night.

The American Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the fire.

No attorney was listed on jail records for Haskins.

Source: Associated Press

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