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Possibly homeless man sets residence ablaze before ‘some kind of struggle’ with officers: Police

Authorities in California say a man has been arrested after setting a residential structure on fire Sunday morning.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the suspect’s name was not immediately released, but officials say he might be homeless.

Police were initially called to the scene in the Mission Hills community of San Diego after witnesses saw it erupt in flames at roughly 8:40 a.m.

The structure was described as an unfinished construction.

According to San Diego Police Sgt. Robert Hawkins, a suspect was located a short distance from the scene. the man became combative with officers, he said.

“There was some kind of struggle and the suspect was tased by officers,” the sergeant said.

After the suspect was arrested, he was reportedly chosen by witnesses from individuals included in a lineup at the scene.

From there, authorities escorted him to an area hospital where he was treated for injuries related to the stun gun deployment.

He was released from the hospital and booked into county jail.

As officers struggled with the suspect, firefighters worked to contain the blaze and had completely extinguished it in just over a half hour after it was first reported. Authorities are investigating the incident as an apparent arson.

Officials could not provide an initial estimate of the damage, but said the home’s frame sustained extensive fire damage.

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