Police search for Fresno arsonist, 17 displaced

February 7, 2013 12:48:51 AM PST
A fire at a Central Fresno apartment complex has left nearly 20 people displaced and investigators are looking for the person who they believe is responsible.

The fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at a complex on Weldon near Fresno Street. Firefighters say it started in one apartment after a dispute between two men.

Family members of Nouanthong Sayachack said the 78 year old had allowed another man, Siha Phoudamneun, to stay at the apartment for a couple of days. Sayachack told investigators he was trying to help the man but on Wednesday, the suspect attacked him.

"The guy, Siah, accused elder Nouanthong of stealing his belongings and threatened elder Nouanthong, saying, 'If you don't give to me, I'm going to beat you and I'm going to burn your house.' And that's what he did," said family friend Tout Tou Bountahpanya.

In all, five units suffered some kind of damage. The Red Cross is helping those who have been displaced.

Wells Fargo
Account name: Nouanthong Sayachack
Account number: 7557392284
Routing number: 121042882