Arson Investigators Probe Suspicious Duplex Fire in Fort Lauderdale

The duplex was located at 1412 NW 3rd Court in Fort Lauderdale

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    Fort Lauderdale Police arson investigators probed a suspicous fire at a duplex on Thursday. Neighbor Jerome Jackson described what he saw. (Published Thursday, Mar 28, 2013)

    Fort Lauderdale Police arson investigators probed a suspicous fire at a duplex on Thursday.

    The power was out and the two adults and one child who live at the duplex are staying with friends, fire rescue said.

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    Furnance-like flames scorched a storage space dividing the duplex at 1412 NW 3rd Court at about 7 a.m.

    "When I got here, I seen it up in fire. I couldn't believe it," neighbor Jerome Jackson said.

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    Jackson said a Good Samaritan knocked on the duplex's doors and got those inside out of the fast-moving flames.

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    Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat also ordered, Andrew Sepulveda, 31, to stay away from the two children. Sepulveda was arrested Wednesday and faces two counts of child neglect with great bodily harm. The name of his attorney wasn't immediately known. (Published Thursday, Mar 28, 2013)

    Firefighters beat down the fire within minutes.

    The storage area was heavily damaged.

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