- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say officers who entered a home in response to a burglary alarm determined that a suspect had barricaded himself in a back bedroom where he then started a fire.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says the suspect initially wouldn’t come out but eventually did and was taken into custody early Friday morning.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire, which caused smoke damage throughout the home, including the owner’s artwork.

Investigators were trying to determine how the suspect started the fire. Fire Capt. Reda Bigler says the suspect may have started it in an attempt to escape.

Fortune says the suspect wasn’t injured. His identity wasn’t released.

Firefighters rescued a cat that had inhaled smoke in the home and used a breathing apparatus to resuscitate it


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