A Tucson man suspected of starting a fire in his apartment Saturday was captured after breaking into another unit and jumping out of a second story window, a police official said.
Israel Salazar, 36, was booked into the Pima County jail and faces a charge of felony arson of an occupied structure and felony criminal damage over $10,000.
Damage to all 18 units of the garden-style complex well exceeds $10,000, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.
At about 9:45 a.m., multiple calls were made to 911 about black smoke and flames coming from the three-story complex in the 8600 block of East Speedway at North Camino Seco, Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said in a news release.
The first crew arrived on scene three minutes after being dispatched. A bottom floor apartment fully involved with smoke and flames threatening several adjacent units as well as the apartments on the second floor.
While crews began extinguishing the fire in the apartment, the building was evacuated. It took about 10 minutes to bring the blaze under control, Baker said.
The flames heavily damaged Salazar’s bottom floor apartment and one next to it. The remaining apartments sustained smoke damage.
Several people were checked out on scene by TFD paramedics for minor smoke inhalation, Baker said.
Salazar was taken to the hospital after he jumped from a second story apartment, Dugan said.