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Man Arrested For Arson In LGBT Youth Center Blaze

A man suspected of setting fire to a Phoenix youth center has been arrested. Darren William Beach, Jr., is accused of arson in the fire that destroyed the one.n.ten LGBTQ youth center. Reda Bigler is a captain with the Phoenix Fire Department. She said Beach was arrested at his apartment Friday afternoon.

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“Our arson investigation’s unit worked with one-n-ten to attempt to find his location, figuring that they may know what resources he uses and where he goes,” she said, “so they were very helpful in this investigation.”

Bigler said Beach was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on one count of arson of an occupied structure. Beach was caught on a surveillance camera entering the youth center with a red can on July 12. After he emptied its contents, fire spread quickly through the building.

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