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Fargo man arrested after fire breaks out at his apartment

Hector Bonilla, 39, was arrested Monday, Jan. 23, after firefighters were called to his apartment building in south Fargo.

Apartment fire
A man was arrested after fire broke out in his apartment unit at 4375 10th Ave. S. on Monday, Jan. 23.
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FARGO — A Fargo man is in the Cass County Jail after a fire at a south-side apartment Monday, Jan. 23.

Firefighters were called to the apartment at 4375 10th Ave. S. at about 5:45 a.m. after a caller reported they could smell smoke.

Firefighters determined the smoke was coming from a first-floor unit next to the laundry room, but the resident wouldn't let them inside, fire officials said in a statement.

Police arrived at the apartment and arrested 39-year-old Hector Bonilla, fire officials said.

Officers say Bonilla was uncooperative and they used a Taser to arrest him, fire officials said. He was taken to a health care facility to be evaluated for smoke inhalation.

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Bonilla is accused of intentionally starting the fire, fire officials said. He was booked into jail on suspicion of endangering by fire, terrorizing, preventing arrest and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

An initial estimate shows the fire did about $1,000 in damage to the bathroom of the affected unit.

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