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PD: Man arrested for arson of downtown Phoenix home

PD: Arsonist arrested for downtown house fire
Posted at 12:58 PM, May 24, 2018

A man is arrested for starting a house fire that spread to a downtown Phoenix warehouse. 

It took 50 firefighters to control a fire at a home on May 17. 

The Phoenix Fire department reported that the initial fire was in a guesthouse behind a larger home near 21st Avenue and Madison Street. The fire spread to a neighbor’s shed and across the alley to large steel warehouse. 

Firefighters saved most of the commercial building, but the guest house was a total loss. There were no injuries. 

Witnesses reported to police that a man, later identified as 30-year-old Saul Lazaro Resendez, used a lighter to set trash on fire in the alley next to the guesthouse. 

Other witnesses reportedly saw Resendez running from the alley, yelling, "That's what you get b****!"

Resendez is also accused of damaging a vehicle belonging to a resident who put security cameras on the property. 

The cameras also reportedly caught Resendez setting the fire and running away. 

Resendez has been charged with arson, criminal damage and multiple counts of endangerment.