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Norfolk man suspected of starting apartment fire

December 22, 2017 GMT

NORFOLK - Norfolk firefighters extinguished an apartment fire Wednesday night.

According to Lieutenant Scott Bonsall, the Fire Division received the dispatch at around 7:45 to a second-story apartment at 907 West Park Avenue.

Crews encountered heavy smoke and flames. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to have the blaze under control and another hour to overhaul the structure. No one was injured.

According to police captain Mike Bauer, witnesses told officers that the resident of apartment number one left and took possessions with him from the apartment. Officers tracked down the resident who was identified as 38-year-old Esual Castillo of Norfolk. The witnesses also told officers that Castillo had made threats of the apartment burning down.

An investigation by the Norfolk Fire Marshal showed that the fire did not seem like an accident. Castillo was arrested for first-degree arson.

He was housed in the Norfolk City Jail, and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.

The fire and criminal case remain under investigation.