Alleged burglar dies after setting attic ablaze

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by Sarah Blais

Video report by Jared Dillingham

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 1:53 PM

PHOENIX -- Police say a man who started a house fire after burglarizing a home is now dead.

Authorities say he broke into a home near 60th Avenue and Thomas Road, and then ran a few houses down.

Police surrounded the home, where they say the suspect leaned out the attic window and told them he was armed.

He lit a fire shortly after, which destroyed the home and ultimately killed him.

The owner of the home is a woman with four children.

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