CHICAGO (CBS) – An 80-year-old man faces arson charges, accused of setting his apartment on fire in the northwest suburb of Arlington Heights, damaging several other units in the building last week.
Arlington Heights Police said Paul Strusiner is charged with aggravated arson in his building fire at 400 W. Rand Rd. On Friday. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday for a bail hearing.
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Police said he admitted to intentionally setting fire to his apartment, which had spread to several other units, and sent dozens of families into freezing cold shortly after midnight on Friday.
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The entire 96-unit building was evacuated as firefighters from several departments worked to extinguish the blaze.
No injuries were reported, but six units were severely damaged by the blaze and remained uninhabitable on Monday, including Strusiner’s apartment, police said. Residents of other units were allowed to return home after the fire.
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Strusiner was arrested after admitting to police he set the fire and has since been hospitalized for medical treatment unrelated to the blaze.