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Fire that injured two people was intentionally set by man after he got into an argument with his wife

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LaVendrick Smith
The Dallas Morning News

A fire that injured two people and displaced multiple residents at a Far North Dallas apartment building last Sunday was intentionally set by a resident, police said.

Luis Alfredo Martinez, 36, set fire to his unit at the Vista Buena Apartments because of a dispute with his wife, police said in an arrest-warrant affidavit.

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials arrived at the three-story building at 13350 Esperanza Road just before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Martinez’s wife told police her husband started the fire because he was upset she wasn’t in the apartment when he got home, according to the warrant.

He set clothes on fire in the kitchen and the bathroom of the second-floor unit, his wife and a child told police. He then fled while the children and wife gathered clothes to take with them, the warrant says.

The fire spread throughout the building, causing extensive damage to the units above and below Martinez’s apartment, according to the warrant. Other parts of the 18-unit building also were damaged.

Two people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said Sunday. An unknown number of residents were displaced by the fire.

Martinez faces a charge of arson of habitation. He was not in custody as of Friday evening.

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