Apartment Fire Starts During Attempted Arrest

July 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Selma suspect threw a "lit object" while running from police and started a large apartment fireDozens of residents are homeless Wednesday night after a massive fire destroys apartment after apartment near Selma. The fire broke out at Golden State and Mountain View near Selma Wednesday evening and investigators say it all started with a foot chase.

According to police, Henry Nieto started the fire as he escaped from officers serving a drug warrant on him. They said Nieto tried to burn evidence and tossed it as he ran away.

The flames lit up some mattresses outside the complex. The fire spread to an apartment, burned wood shingles then moved into a common attic sending people running from 10 apartments.

Fresno County Firefighters poured water on the fire for about three hours before controlling it. They were able to save three of the apartments.

Investigators are now searching for Nieto.


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