Family: Warning signs before man set Phoenix home on fire

Posted at 5:31 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 10:18:23-04

Two weeks later, six families are still dealing with the aftermath of an arson-caused fire at their multi-unit home near 19th Avenue and Jefferson in Phoenix. 

"I don’t think there’s a day that's gone by that I haven’t cried,” said property manager and resident Shannon Treen. "It's been heartbreaking."

Police said 30-year-old Saul Resendez used a lighter to set trash on fire in the alley next to a guesthouse at the home. It took 50 firefighters to battle the flames that eventually spread to a nearby warehouse. 

See traffic camera video from May 17 below that showed smoke coming from the house fire.

Treen said Resendez was not a stranger; he was a former tenant and Treen's boyfriend filed an order of protection against him after several incidents on the property. Weeks before the fire, surveillance video appears to show Resendez breaking the taillight on a car belonging to Treen's boyfriend. 

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

Treen told ABC15, "He should've been locked up a long time ago."

Power is turned off at the home and the landlord told Treen and other tenants they need to move immediately. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the residents with moving expenses.