Parent's 911 call about son's burned hand leads to son's arson a - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Parent's 911 call about son's burned hand leads to son's arson arrest

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A fire at this abandoned building on Babcock Street was found to have been intentionally set. (WFSB photo) A fire at this abandoned building on Babcock Street was found to have been intentionally set. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Fire investigators in Hartford are calling a fire that destroyed a vacant building arson.

Jaleel Torres, 18, of Hartford, was arrested for the fire on Babcock Street after his own parent reported burns.

Police said they found the abandoned building fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Emergency crews responded to the scene around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

While on the scene, police said they received suspect information from eyewitnesses and 911 callers.

Several piece of evidence, including a gas can and lighter, were found, according to police.

Surveillance video was also reviewed.

Over the course of the investigation, police said they received a 911 call from a parent who was concerned about a serious burn his son had on his hand.

The burn victim matched the description of the suspect in the fire, police said.

Torres fled from officers, but was found after a foot pursuit. He was treated for the burns at Hartford Hospital.

Torres was charged with first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief and interfering with police.

No other injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

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