Suspected Arson Fire Kills

At Least 10 in Apartment

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A suspected arson fire raced through an apartment complex in suburban Columbus on Sunday, killing 10 people who lived in the same unit and forcing others to jump from third-story windows to escape.

At least 53 people were left homeless by the blaze in Prairie Township, and the building's roof and third floor were destroyed.

Antonio Noriega said firefighters pulled him from a ladder as he tried to rescue his brothers and nephews.

"My family is dead," Noriega said. Eight of his relatives and two friends lived together, and Noriega did not believe any of them made it out of the building. Authorities would not say whether others were missing.

The fire came just six weeks after three fires were set in the same building in an empty apartment and hall, Fire Chief Steve Feustel said. There were no suspects and no known witnesses to the suspected arson, he said.

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-- From News Services