Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Fire Department
Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Fire Department

An apartment resident was being held on suspicion of arson for allegedly starting a fire on purpose Sunday inside of his own unit at an apartment building in Santa Monica.

The suspect suffered some burns to his hands and feet, according to Sgt. Jaime Hernandez of the Santa Monica Police Department.

Officers were dispatched at 1:10 a.m. to 1827 Euclid Ave. in response to a report of an explosion and subsequent fire, Hernandez said. Officers arriving at the scene saw the suspect in front of the structure and through their investigation determined that he started the fire inside his unit.

It was not immediately known where inside the unit the fire began, he said.

“It (the fire) was contained in that one unit,” he said.

Hernandez said he did not immediately know the name of the suspect and could not confirm media reports that he was a veteran suffering from PTSD.

City News Service

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