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Man accused of setting his Miami Springs house on fire

Arson is suspected after a home in the 600 block of Quail Avenue, across from Miami Springs Senior High School, caught fire Wednesday and sustained $20,000 in damage.
Arson is suspected after a home in the 600 block of Quail Avenue, across from Miami Springs Senior High School, caught fire Wednesday and sustained $20,000 in damage. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

A Miami Springs man was accused of arson on Tuesday shortly after his home caught fire.

William A. Deno, 24, was arrested after the blaze at his home, in the 600 block of Quail Avenue.

Minutes after the blaze that sent flames burning up into the roof, Deno “turned the gas on and lit the house on fire because there was no food in the house,” police said.

The home was not occupied at the time of the fire, police said. Family members were staying at a nearby hotel “because they were afraid” of Deno’s recent behavior, according to the police report.

Deno was spotted walking a few blocks away with singed hair and burn marks “on his legs, arms and head,” police said, and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment.

When he was released from the hospital, Deno was arrested by a Miami-Dade police arson unit on a charge of first-degree arson and booked into the county jail, where he was being held on a $10,000 bond on Thursday.

Last May, Deno was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm at the same home after police say he barricaded himself inside, causing a four-hour standoff with SWAT teams and forcing the lockdown of nearby Miami Springs High School.

Damage from the Tuesday’s fire was estimated at $20,000.

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