Man arrested after fire rips through vacant building in downtown Phoenix

Police arrested the man they say deliberately started a fire at a vacant building in downtown Phoenix on Thursday.
Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 4:35 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 8, 2022 at 3:08 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Investigators say they have arrested a man who set a vacant building on fire in downtown Phoenix Thursday afternoon. Phoenix Fire Department Investigations Task Force, comprised of Phoenix Fire Investigators and Phoenix Police Detectives, announced the arrest Friday afternoon. Forty-three-year-old Alfonso Martinez was booked into jail on DUI and arson charges. No other details have been released.

On Thursday, Firefighters said they arrived around 4 p.m. at a building on fire near Seventh Avenue and Adams Street, just north of Washington Street. Smoke could be visible for miles in the downtown area. After about a half-hour, firefighters said they were able to get a good knockdown on the fire, and around 6 p.m., the fire was put out. No one was hurt.