Person of interest arrested for arson in PHX

Posted at 5:12 PM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 00:58:27-05

An arrest has been made in a suspicious fire that forced a family of five out of their homes.

Fire crews were called to a house fire near 63rd Avenue and Thomas last week.

When they arrived, they saw a man on the roof of the house. Police are now charging Dennis Peralta with arson.

Court paperwork shows he admitted to setting a tree branch on fire while on the roof.

He told police he was being chased and trying to ward off the people chasing him.