Andover man accused of setting fire to his roommate

A 29-year-old Andover man is in custody, accused of setting fire to his roommate.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that deputies were dispatched to an Andover home in the 1300 block of 137th Lane NW 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 on a report of a possible house fire.

Deputies found a severely burned 55-year-old man inside the home. The investigation concluded he had been doused with an accelerant and set on fire by his 29-year-old landlord, who is also a roommate.

The victim is being treated at the Hennepin County Medical Center’s burn unit. According to the sheriff’s office, he is in critical condition with 80 percent of his body covered in burns.

An alert was sent out statewide to law enforcement agencies. It was believed the suspect had access to a cabin near Orr. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office apprehended the man while he was driving. He had minor burns on his face.

Deputies had responded to a landlord and tenant dispute at the Andover home earlier that evening. No crime had been committed and the people involved agreed to separate, according to the sheriff’s office.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of his family.

ABC Newspapers does not identify suspects of a crime unless they are charged.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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