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Arrest made in vehicle fires at Phoenix apartment complex

Posted at 10:33 AM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 11:59:00-04

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Fire Department says an arrest has been made after a person allegedly started a fire that involved a dozen vehicles and an apartment building.

The Phoenix Fire Department says the incident started around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday near 15th Avenue and Camelback Road.

According to Phoenix fire, a citizen recognized 23-year-old Francis Klettke, who was sleeping on a bench at a bus stop, as the suspect in the case.

Klettke was accused of fatally shooting his father at a campsite near Camp Verde in 2016, and was extradited back to Arizona from his hometown in California. At the time of the arson arrest, he was on felony probation for the murder case.

He was located and arrested by police this morning near 15th and Highland avenues.

According to court documents, witnesses saw Klettke in his vehicle lighting cardboard on fire. He allegedly threw it out of his van and then ran away from the scene. When questioned, Klettke said the fire was accidental and he thought he stomped it out before going for a jog.

No injuries have been reported.

Klettke faces arson charges in the case.