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Man in custody after Northern Township residents escape fire

A 20-year-old man was arrested Monday night after allegedly setting fire to a Northern Township home. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer) 1 / 2
Northern Township residents were able to escape a house fire that broke out Monday night, according to a news release from the Bemidji Fire Department. (Bemidji Fire Department photo)2 / 2

NORTHERN TOWNSHIP -- One man was arrested Monday night after allegedly setting fire to a Northern Township home.

According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and the Bemidji Fire Department responded to a fire at the 700 block of Sunset Way at about 10:22 p.m., and found flames and heavy smoke coming from the lower level of the home.

All of the home’s occupants escaped, the release said. While on the scene, deputies noticed one of the occupants acting “odd and erratic,” and confronted him before taking him into custody “for his safety.”

The 20-year-old was arrested after law enforcement interviewed witnesses, and is currently being held in the Beltrami County Jail on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson and obstruction of the legal process.

The Pioneer generally does not name suspects until they are charged with a crime.

The fire remains under investigation.

Grace Pastoor

Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or gpastoor@bemidjipioneer.com

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