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Man faces arson charge after fire at Tampa apartments

A Tampa man faces an arson charge after a fire at an apartment building on Sunday night was traced to his unit in the complex, investigators said.

Kenneth Haskins, 58, who lived in unit B201 at Mar Plaza apartments, 4817 E. Temple Heights Road, told arson investigators he was upset with the complex’s management company, Tampa police said.

Investigators determined the fire began in Haskins’ kitchen and bedroom, police said. The arrest was made based on Haskins’ statements and other evidence at the scene, police said.

Firefighters responding to the two-story complex, in the Terrance Park neighborhood, found heavy smoke coming from the upstairs unit of Building B, authorities said. The fire was contained to that apartment, but 28 other units were evacuated, officials said.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire, Tampa Fire Rescue said.

Four families were displaced due to fire and water damage. The American Red Cross is providing temporary shelter for these families, authorities said said.

The apartment complex is for elderly residents, Tampa Fire Rescue said.

Haskins was booked at the Hillsborough County Jail at 1:35 a.m. Monday with no bail set, according to jail records.

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