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Houston man accused of killing his 63-year-old roommate in fire

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Feb. 16 2022, Published 10:09 a.m. ET

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A man has been arrested for arson after he allegedly set a fatal house fire killing his roommate.

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The fire happened on Ward Street in Houston, Texas, around 3 a.m. on Feb. 15, according to ABC13.

Family members of the victim told ABC13 that the man who died is 63-year-old Anthony Robinson, ABC13 reported.

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Robinson had been sick recently but was supposed to go back to work, something his family says he was excited for, according to ABC13.

His cousin said Robinson was someone who helped those in need and that he had been helping the person staying at his house, ABC13 reported.

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Robinson’s roommate is now a person of interest in the fatal fire, according to ABC13.


Police said the man and Robinson had an ongoing dispute and that Robinson wanted him to move out of his home, ABC13 reported.

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Officers recently advised Robinson to file eviction proceedings against the man, according to ABC13.

Houston firefighters said they got a call around 3:15 a.m. that smoke was coming from the building, and the call was made by the victim’s roommate, ABC13 reported.

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When fire crews arrived, they found the home was filled with smoke and immediately started checking rooms, according to ABC13. Robinson was in the back room.

Firefighters attempted CPR, and Robinson was taken to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries, according to ABC13.

Robinson's roommate has not been named or formally charged.


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