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Authorities make arrest in downtown Phoenix apartment fire

(MCSO Photo)

PHOENIX — Authorities have made an arrest in connection to Sunday’s fire in downtown Phoenix at an apartment building under construction.

Ted Hopkins, 54, was arrested Friday night and booked into the Maricopa County Jail for one count of arson of an occupied structure, criminal damage, weapons violation and endangerment, the Phoenix Fire Investigation Task Force said in a press release early Saturday morning.

The task force, along with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have spent the past week processing the scene.

Sufficient evidence led them to declare it was an arson incident; however, the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Crews responded around 9:30 p.m. to a four-story building near Seventh Avenue and Grant Street that was engulfed in flames.

About 200 firefighters worked to get the fire under control.

Anyone with information on this case should call the Phoenix Police Department 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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